Police arrest suspects on drug related allegations and confiscate contraband valued at R500 000

Members of the Lydenburg K9 Unit recently conducted an Intelligence Driven Operation and caught two suspects, 36-year old Pat Mngomezulu and 33-year old Michael Molala, who were in a planned mission to traffic bags of dagga using a Ford Ranger bakkie. According to the police statement, the police noticed the bakkie, which had the two occupants, and ordered it to stop. Upon searching the vehicle, the K9 unit members found nine bags of dagga, resulting in the occupants being arrested.

Mngomezulu and Molala appeared  before the Mashishing Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, the 22nd of July 2021 and were remanded in custody. They are expected to appear again next week, on Thursday, the 29th of  July 2021.

In another, separate incident, the members of the Ermelo K9 unit received information about suspicious illegal drug activities being carried out at a certain house in Ermelo. It was further alleged that the suspects trafficked the drugs using a silver VW Polo Vivo. Together with their colleagues from the Standerton K9 Unit, the teams coordinated their resources to act collectively and operationalised the information gathered.

Last week, they followed the leads and spotted the identified house which matched the description as given. Upon their arrival at the place, the police found three people busy packaging something suspicious inside the house. They then searched the suspects and also combed the house, resulting in more than 580 Heroin sachets being discovered in the routine.

The police also found an undisclosed amount of cash, which suggests that the suspects were involved in drug dealing. The three suspects, Nigerian nationals aged between 28 and 38 were immediately arrested and charged accordingly. One of the suspects is a female and the trio appeared before the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court on Monday, the 26th of July 2021.

The Mpumalanga Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela has commended the efforts by members and their resilience in ridding the communities of drugs.

“It is high time we claim back the streets from the hands of drug dealers and criminal elements. The call made by our good citizens to decisively deal with drugs in the community has been heard. We are acting with speed to close all the nets for trading in illegal drugs within the society. The public should continue to entrust us with valuable information as they can witness the positive results thereof. ” said General Manamela.

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