Snif­fer dog’s R1m bust

The Citizen (KZN) - - News -

A snif­fer dog, which fol­lowed its nose and dis­cov­ered parcels of drugs in a courier ve­hi­cle, helped au­thor­i­ties net con­tra­band worth about R1 mil­lion in Som­er­set West, Cape Town Metro po­lice con­firmed yes­ter­day.

Spokesper­son Ruth Solomons said the snif­fer dog, Zeke, had par­tic­i­pated in a K9 op­er­a­tion with provin­cial traf­fic ser­vices near Som­er­set West on Wed­nes­day, and had sniffed out parcels of drugs af­ter a ve­hi­cle was stopped.

“This dis­cov­ery led of­fi­cers to [a res­i­den­tial prop­erty] in Som­er­set West, where they found var­i­ous quan­ti­ties of drugs. In­cluded in the find were 24 jars of magic mush­rooms and dagga, three parcels of dagga, 55 sy­ringes, an un­known quan­tity of hashish, 190 small boxes of mush­room cakes, a piece of cannabis fudge, five MDMA tablets and seven dagga plants,” Solomons said.

“The es­ti­mated street value of the drugs is R1 mil­lion.”

Two men, aged 22 and 56, as well as a 57-year-old woman, were ar­rested and de­tained at the Som­er­set West po­lice sta­tion on charges of drug deal­ing, pos­ses­sion and cul­ti­vat­ing il­le­gal sub­stances.

Solomons said Zeke, one of the 25 dogs in its K9 unit, ap­peared to be “work­ing his way up” to be one of its top achiev­ers. – News24 Wire

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