A joint operation between the members of the Hawks, Upington’s Crime Intelligence Unit, the Tactical Response Team, the K9 Unit, Visible Policing and Forensics led to the arrest of nine suspects for their alleged involvement in drug peddling.

On Monday, 30 March 2015 and Tuesday, 31 March 2015 members held simultaneous raids in Cape Town and Upington as part of an operation to arrest a syndicate who was responsible for sending drugs from Cape Town to Upington.

The operation dubbed “Project Dynamo”, started in Cape Town at approximately 21:00 on Monday, 30 March 2015 with the arrest of three alleged drug pushers in Somerset West. Six other suspects, including two well-known kingpins, were arrested at their homes in Upington at approximately 02:00 this morning.

The project was registered in 2014 after it had been deduced that the small town of Upington was experiencing an upsurge in drug abuse. Undercover agents were used to infiltrate the syndicates that operated between Cape Town and Upington. More than R850 000, 00 was exchanged between the agents and the drug syndicates. The choice of drugs that the members bought was mainly Tik and Mandrax.

This morning, raids netted a further R50 000, 00 worth of the same drugs and an undisclosed amount of cash in the suspects’ houses. The police also seized fraudulent licence disks believed to have been used by suspects as decoys for unregistered vehicles.

The Acting Head of the DPCI, Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, welcomed the arrests and warned drug pushers that their days were numbered.

“I appreciate the efforts that were made by the team and taking into consideration the volume of drugs we bought and the town itself, we have closed the market. Our plea is that the courts will support us in this endeavour and ensure that these people stay in jail for a very long time. Some of the suspects are known drug pushers and if given a chance to come out, they will continue with their illegal trade. We will always remain steadfast while executing our duties and we are more than prepared to travel the length and breadth of the country to fight this scourge,” he said.

The suspects, aged between 25 and 53, will appear in the Somerset West and Upington Magistrate’s Courts on Wednesday, 1 April 2015, facing charges of fraud, possession of and illegal dealing in drugs.

Source : South African Police Service