Police in the Eastern Cape have had one of its biggest successes against marijuana trafficking in Bizana over the past week.
About R2 million worth of marijuana was intercepted between Bizana in the Eastern Cape and Durban. Four suspected dagga dealers arrested will appear in the Bizana Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
According to police information, the Durban marijuana was loaded into trucks and taken to the Western Cape.
Brig. Provincial police spokesperson Tembinkosi Kinana said police patrolled specific roads in the early hours of Wednesday that were identified as routes on which marijuana may be transported.
At around 3am, a Toyota Hilux, in which the marijuana was supposed to be transported, was spotted. The occupants jumped and ran away, leaving 53 bags of marijuana in the bakkie.
Shortly afterwards, a Nissan Almera was pointed out to police and the car was stopped. The driver was arrested, but the passengers got away. There were 33 bags of marijuana in the car.
Later that morning, a Hyundai H1 bus was also pulled down in the area and 27 bags of marijuana were found.
The three occupants, two from Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape and one from Inanda north of Durban, were arrested for possession and trafficking in marijuana.
Kinana has described the marijuana find as one of the biggest to date in the Eastern Cape. He says a lot of investigative work still needs to be done to catch the fugitives.
In an unrelated incident, police arrested a 34-year-old woman in Port Elizabeth on Thursday morning after about R30 000 worth of marijuana was found in a home in KwaDwesi.
Col. Police spokeswoman Priscilla Naidu said the house in Fazi Street was searched around 2am, after which police confiscated marijuana, a cash amount and a scale. Only the woman was in the house and according to Naidu, she will soon appear in court on drug charges.