Knysna-Plett Herald

K9 unit nabs suspected drug dealer

- Blake Linder

KNYSNA - Yet another drug bust has taken place in Knysna, this time involving marijuana worth more than R250 000. According to Southern Cape police spokespers­on Captain Malcolm Pojie, police officers of the Tsitsikamm­a K-9 (Knysna Dog Unit) acted on a tipoff from the public. "They pounced on a suspect in Clyde Street, Knysna, who carried a suspicious parcel, at approximat­ely 13:50 on Monday 13 September," Pojie said. "On approach, he tried to flee but was apprehende­d by a vigilant member attached to the unit." Upon searching the parcel, police found 21kg of high-quality dagga with an estimated value of R252 000. "Subsequent to the find, he was arrested and the dagga was confiscate­d as evidence. The dagga was destined for local distributi­on," said Pojie.

The suspect was due to appear in the Knysna Magistrate's Court this week on a charge of dealing in illicit drugs.

Eden Acting Cluster Commander Brigadier Phumzile Cetyana commended the officers for their effort to rid the streets from drugs and encouraged them to continue to work closely with communitie­s to enhance their safety, according to Pojie. "He also promised that such operations will continue in order to create a safe haven for communitie­s in the Southern Cape."

This latest incident is the 12th in what is by now a lengthy list of drug busts carried out in Knysna and Plettenber­g Bay in the past three months. Between the 12 busts, at least 14 suspects have been arrested and charged with various offences, varying between possession of drugs, dealing in drugs, and cultivatio­n of drugs.

The most commonly confiscate­d drug has been tik, which featured in five of the 12 busts, with Mandrax and marijuana each appearing in four. There has also been one confiscati­on of magic mushrooms. This marijuana bust is the largest in the past three months, surpassing the 1 786 tablets of Mandrax worth R90 000 that were confiscate­d in Kwanokuthu­la in June.

 ?? ?? Some of the marijuana confiscate­d during the bust.
Some of the marijuana confiscate­d during the bust.

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