Tanzanian man arrest with nearly R2 Million worth of drugs

The South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Border Policing division arrested a 58-year-old Tanzanian man for attempting to smuggle dagga valued at more than R1 million through the Groblersbrug Port of Entry on Saturday, April 27, 2024, around 16:00.

Tanzanian man arrested with dagga

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Authorities received a tip-off about a Tanzanian man allegedly trying to transport dagga across the border. He was driving a white Toyota Hilux with Gauteng registration numbers and was attempting to travel from South Africa to Tanzania.

At around 16:00, the suspect entered the border. He was stopped at the checkpoint, and upon searching his vehicle, police found 19 bags of dagga weighing around 450 kg. The estimated street value of the dagga is R1,890,000. The vehicle, valued at over R400,000, was also confiscated as part of the investigation.

The suspect was arrested and taken into custody at Witpoort police station, along with the 19 bags of dagga.

Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe remarked on the situation, stating, “Our dedicated teams are working hard to eliminate illicit activities, ensuring the safety and security of our borders. Our persistent efforts in dismantling criminal networks involved in drug trafficking are producing positive outcomes, as evidenced by the recent apprehension of this drug dealer.”

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The suspect is expected to appear in the Phalala Magistrate’s Court on charges of dealing in dagga.

Police investigations into the matter are ongoing.


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