Cops hold pair for running a tik lab
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.