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Police have arrested a "big fish" and believe they have broken the back of a major drug syndicate.
The 43-year-old suspect was arrested in Newcastle at the weekend with 1000 mandrax tablets worth about R50000.
The vehicle the suspect was driving at high speed was spotted on the highway linking KwaZuluNatal and Mpumalanga.
Police gave chase, arrested him and confiscated the evidence.
It is believed that the suspect was one of the merchants transporting drugs to various provinces.
It is not clear where he was coming from nor where he was going to deliver the drugs.
A motorist, who asked not to named, said she spotted the car travelling at high speed from Ladysmith to Newcastle.
"The driver of the VW Golf was so reckless we suspected that the car might have been hijacked," she said.
"Over the next few kilometres before Newcastle police stopped the car and the driver was arrested. We are pleased that police responded quickly and arrested the man."
Police spokesman Shooz Magudulela said the police responded to a call indicating that there was a VW Golf travelling at high speed on the highway.
"Our members traced the vehicle and managed to stop it," Magudulela said. "The driver indicated that he was in a hurry."
Magudulela said the police decided to search the vehicle and found the drugs. The driver was arrested and is expected to appear in court soon.
"We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that our community is safe," Magudulela said. "The police are conducting extensive investigations to establish the next [link] of the drugs syndicate."
He said police believe that they have broken the back of the one of the biggest drug syndicates and they are positive that they will make more arrests.
"We are looking forward to making more arrests soon."