Cops hold pair for run­ning a tik lab

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - LYNNETTE JOHNS

IN A COUP in the war against drugs, Mitchells Plain po­lice yes­ter­day ar­rested two peo­ple for run­ning a so­phis­ti­cated tik lab, ap­par­ently owned by ma­jor drug dealers, in Som­er­set West.

A man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s were ar­rested yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter a two-month-long in­tel­li­gence-driven in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

It ap­pears the pair were op­er­at­ing the lab­o­ra­tory un­der in­struc­tion from drug dealers.

When po­lice swooped yes­ter­day they found a fully func­tion­ing, mod­ern lab, with large quan­ti­ties of chem­i­cals used to make tik. They also found bul­let-proof vests and firearms in the flat.

Mitchells Plain po­lice di­rec­tor Jeremy Veary said yes­ter­day the lab­o­ra­tory had op­er­ated from an up­mar­ket apart­ment block in Lulu Road, Som­er­set West.

“This (ar­rest) is the prod­uct of a two-month-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Mitchells Plain or­gan­ised crime de­tec­tives and crime in­tel­li­gence,” Veary said.

He said that af­ter clos­ing down all the tik labs in Mitchells Plain, the po­lice had picked up that drug lords had new sources from around the Strand Som­er­set West area and then launched the highly se­cret in­ves­ti­ga­tion which led them to the lab­o­ra­tory.

About five Mitchells Plain drug lords are said to be con­nected to the ar­rested pair.

The Week­end Ar­gus un­der­stands that the ar­rested man is the son of the owner of a prom­i­nent fast food out­let in the Town Cen­tre. The woman is from Bea­con Val­ley.

Veary said more ar­rests could be ex­pected.

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