Cops bust dagga-running gangsters

Thokozani Magagula

Thokozani Magagula

The net is slowly closing in on the dagga syndicate that has been operating in the KwaMhlanga area of Mpumalanga.

Three men were arrested in KwaMhlanga last week. The police seized 50 bags of dagga with a street value of about R2million, destined for Tshwane.

The men were bust in an operation involving police from Tweefontein and KwaMhlanga, and from the Mpumalanga police's crime intelligence unit.

The crime intelligence unit had been tracking the gang for most of the week. They followed the gang members to KwaMhlanga, where they intended to deliver a consignment of dagga to their runners.

"We got information from an informer that the men were on the way from Kwaggafontein," said Captain Mamsie Cibe.

"We positioned our members and waited. But the thugs realised that they were being followed and tried to make a run for it. They lost control of their van and one of them escaped on foot. The other two were arrested."

The police are now trying to trace the boss of the syndicate, whom they believe lives in Soshanguve and is the owner of the van used to transport the dagga.