Delft, Cape Town – An police onslaught on the drug trade in the Western Cape province resulted in the arrest of two suspects in Delft, Cape Town, on Thursday.
They were arrested for being in possession of mandrax tablets valued at around R200 000.
“Delft Crime Prevention Unit members followed up on information of drugs and an unlicensed firearm at a residence in Nietgewerk Street and conducted a search operation,” described police spokesperson, Lt Col Andre Traut.
“The search led to the arrest of two suspects, a 54-year-old male and a 30-year-old female and the seizure of eight bags of madrax tablets and an unlicensed 9mm firearm.”
37 bags with mandrax tablets worth R1 million found in Delft
Lt Col Traut said that while the members were on this crime scene, they received further information that more drugs were stored at another house further down the same street.
“The members followed up this information and at the second house they found 37 big bags of mandrax tablets with an estimated street value of around R1 million. No one was arrested there.”
He said that the circumstances surrounding the matter are currently under investigation and the suspects are due to make a court appearance in Blue Downs once they have been charged.
The 2018 International Narcotics Control Report ranked South Africa as the largest market for the sale of illicit drugs in Southern Africa.
Published by the United States’ Department of State to Congress the 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy (INCS) Report says most illicit drugs shipped to sub-Sahara Africa are destined for South Africa.