Police arrested several suspects during intelligence-led operations which focussed on the mushrooming of drug-related crimes across the province on the weekend.
Provincial Police Spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe indicated that while drugs remain one of the main contributing factors of serious and violent crimes in certain areas of Limpopo, positive and meaningful results were achieved during the recent operations.
Four suspects, aged between 25 and 35, were arrested in two separate incidents on charges of dealing in drugs and possession of drugs along the N1 South between Bela-Bela and Pienaarsrivier, and near the Kranskop Toll Plaza outside Modimolle.
The four suspects, believed to be part of a bigger drug smuggling syndicate, were intercepted at the two spots along the N1 while allegedly transporting the drugs for distribution purposes. Thirty-nine bags, each containing 850 sachets of nyaope and with an estimated street value of more than R300 000, were confiscated according to Ngoepe.
The suspects are expected to appear in the Bela-Bela and Modimolle Magistrate’s Courts soon.
Meanwhile, similar operations were conducted in Lepahalale, Mahwelereng, Giyani, Makhado, Mankweng, Polokwane and Tzaneen Clusters where 16 suspects aged between 23 and 46 were arrested for possession of drugs, dagga and the cultivation of dagga.
Ngoepe said that 292 sachets of nyaope, four packets of rocks, 12 packets of dagga plus another 1 457 grams of dagga and 85 dagga plants were confiscated during the operation.
The suspects will appear before different magistrate courts soon.
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