Sun, 01 Aug 2021

  • Mpumalanga police have intercepted a R2.5 million heroin haul.
  • Three people, aged 25 to 39, have been arrested.
  • The heroin was found in their vehicle.

Three people have been arrested in Mbombela after allegedly being found in possession of heroin worth more than R2.5 million.

Mpumalanga police arrested two men aged 39 and 25 and a woman aged 27 after receiving a tip-off.

"The arrest of the suspects came after Nelspruit Flying Squad members operationalised information received from the Crime Intelligence Unit about people who were suspected of carrying drugs," police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said.

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"They then acted swiftly on the information gathered and spotted a Ford EcoBoost, which the suspects were using, parked at Kanyamazane Stadium," Hlathi said.

The police officers approached the vehicle, ordered the occupants to get out and began searching it, Hlathi added.

"Three bags full of suspected drugs - one on the driver's seat and two stashed in a compartment situated underneath the front passenger seat - were found. The drugs, worth R2 550 000, were tested by the White River K9 Unit and confirmed to be heroin. As a result, they were confiscated together with the suspects' vehicle," Hlathi said.

They are expected to appear in the Kanyamazane Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on a charge of dealing in drugs.

"My concern is that the arrested suspects are also falling within the category of young people. That means they... deny their fellow youth a better future by selfishly supplying them with drugs whilst they themselves enjoy a luxurious life from criminal proceeds. I am delighted though that they have been intercepted before they could circulate their loot," Mpumalanga police commissioner Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela said.

Source: News24

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