Woman in R100 000 drugs bribe case sent to hospital
A CHATSWORTH woman accused of offering a R100 000 bribe to police to release her, her husband and an alleged accomplice after they were arrested on drug charges, has been admitted to hospital because she is apparently unwell.
Sarah Naidoo, 39, her husband Ashwin Brijlall, 42, and another man, Sadhasivan Naidoo, also 42, were arrested on Friday after a raid on a house by members of the SAPS provincial drug task team, the K9 Unit, Crime Intelligence and the metro police drug task team.
The trio made a brief appearance in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The court ruled that Sadhasivan and Brijlall be kept at Westville Prison pending a bail application tomorrow, while Sarah is being kept at Chatsmed Garden Hospital as she is allegedly suffering from a ruptured liver, rheumatoid arthritis and needs to undergo a hernia operation.
The couple own a trucking business and Sadhasivan is employed as a driver for a horticultural company.
Their attorney, Siven Samuel, told POST later the couple believe they were being “framed” as they do not own the home in which the drugs were found.
“There were no drugs in their possession. They have lived in the home for years. In August she (Sarah) was in hospital and her husband (Ashwin) was with her all the time.
“They had a lot of people going in and out of the home; some they knew, some the owners would send to feed the dogs and check on the house. She just came out of hospital,” he said.
Samuel said police had taken a large amount of caustic flakes (a drain cleaner) for analysis with whatever drugs were allegedly found.
The trio are facing charges of dealing in drugs while Sarah has also been charged with bribery.
According to SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane, police had kept one of the accused under observation for several months.
He was arrested in Bayview on Friday.
“Members found him in possession of cocaine and on further investigation the suspect was taken to his house in the area where more cocaine, as well as suspected powder, was found to the street value of more than R500 000.”
Zwane said the two other suspects had been arrested at the home and one had attempted to bribe the members (police) so they would release the suspects.
“She allegedly paid R100 000 cash to the members but the members, who refused to get involved in any corruption, arrested her for bribery and cash was seized. She was further charged for bribery,” he said.
According to a police source, drugs had to be ordered over the phone first before being delivered to the buyer at a place of their choice.
The family of the accused, who were in court on Monday, declined to comment.