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TRUCK DRIVER NABBED WITH DAGGA WORTH E500 000 IN SA.

 
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TRUCK DRIVER NABBED WITH DAGGA WORTH E500 000 IN SA.
by Kudzai Chinoda - Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 3:43 PM
 

TRUCK DRIVER NABBED WITH DAGGA WORTH E500 000 IN SA.

Dagga worth E500KMBABANE – Dagga worth over E500 000 was found hidden in sawdust in a Swazi-registered truck in South Africa.

The truck driver has since been arrested by the South African police following the incident that happened yesterday.
It could not be ascertained where the truck was destined to but it was nabbed at Jeppes Reef, South Africa, after crossing through the Matsamo border gate. A routine check by the South African Police Service (SAPS) led to the discovery of the bales of dagga hidden in the truck load of sawdust. The incident was confirmed by Mpumalanga’s Head of Corporate Communications Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, who also mentioned that the truck was indeed Swazi-registered and its driver was Swazi. The suspect is yet to appear before court on charges of being found in possession of the illegal herb.

Hlathi explained that the truck was stopped and searched after suspicions that it may be transporting certain illegal substances.
“The truck’s reason to enter South Africa was quite vague so our police did a routine check in the truck, and did so vigilantly. In the routine inspection, loads of dagga was found hidden inside the truck which was also full of sawdust.
“We were not acting on any tip-off, but the police were vigilant on their routine work,” Hlatsi commented.

The sawdust, according to sources, was meant to conceal from anyone, the dagga inside the truck.
At the time Hlathi was contacted, the amount of dagga which had been offloaded was worth more than E500 000.
“We are yet to take the truck to the nearest station and offload more bags which will probably, in total, be worth way more,” he continued.
In another dagga-related incident, a 51-year-old Swazi man was arrested for being found in possession of dagga on the N17 highway, between Bethal and Ermelo, by members of the Secunda SAPS Flying Squad during a roadblock.
Constable Sibeko from Secunda Flying Squad confirmed this, stating that the search of the car was motivated by the foreign registration plates.

“While patrolling the highway, we spotted a blue Nissan Serena with Swazi registration plates and stopped it and requested to search it. The driver of the vehicle gave us permission.
“We found eight packets of compressed dagga and arrested the suspect for the illegal possession of dagga,” he said.


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