Police bust R100m family drug den
MONTHS of intensive investigations have led to the arrest of three family members in Johannesburg
The trio - a husband, his wife and his brother - were arrested yesterday after a "drug lab" and chemicals used to manufacture mandrax with a street value of R100-million were found in two houses - one in Bryanston and the other in Douglasdale.
In Douglasdale, mandrax tablets as well as the chemicals used to manufacture them, hydrochloric acid and methaqualone, were found while police discovered chemicals only at the property in Bryanston.
Acting crime intelligence and security services boss Major-General Chris Ngcobo said more people could soon be nabbed following yesterday's arrests.
"This type of operation is usually done by syndicates and there could be more people involved," Ngcobo said.
Without going into details, Ngcobo said it took days of hard work before they pounced on the three, who all hail from Soweto.
"This is not the first operation we have conducted as we recently conducted another one in Randburg [where drugs worth R2-million were seized]. Intelligence has been working hard on this case," he said.
He said the drugs could have been headed to other countries. He added that police would not allow drug traffickers to flood the streets with their wares.
"We are not going to take any chances when it comes to drugs. As you know, drugs are a problem and one of the government's priorities. We are trying hard to take drugs out of our communities," he said. - firstname.lastname@example.org