Police swoop on drugs laboratory in Phoenix
POLICE made a breakthrough in the fight against drugs in Phoenix this week.
KZN spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele said on Wednesday members of the eThekwini Outer North Cluster Crime Intelligence unit together with Durban Public Order Police, Durban Metro and Durban Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation arrested two men aged 25 and 36 in Phoenix.
The two were found in possession of 2 050 heroin capsules, 60 mandrax tablets and five pieces of rock cocaine and have been charged with dealing in drugs.
The estimated street value of the recovered drugs is R44 500.
The team also confiscated almost R12 000.
Later on the same day, police from Phoenix SAPS followed up on information about a laboratory where drugs were being manufactured.
Police watched the premises at Westham Place in Phoenix.
“Police officers entered the premises and seized drugs, such as heroin which were being manufactured and packaged on the premises.
“A total of 2 900 capsules of heroin, 720 mandrax tablets, 500 grams of heroin powder and 70 000 empty capsules together with machinery were
seized. The street value of the drugs is R600 000. A 30-year-old suspect was placed under arrest for possession of drugs.
“All three suspects will be appearing at the Verulam Magistrates Court today,” said Mbele. — Witness Reporter.
ABOVE and RIGHT: Drugs seized by police in Phoenix, Durban on Wednesday. PHOTOS: SAPS KZN MEDIA CENTRE