New drug link to cops in custody

THREE Krugersdorp organised crime unit police officers held in police custody could face further charges relating to drugs - following the arrest of three suspects found with 185kg of etherdrine in Johannesburg at the weekend.

THREE Krugersdorp organised crime unit police officers held in police custody could face further charges relating to drugs - following the arrest of three suspects found with 185kg of etherdrine in Johannesburg at the weekend.

Police also discovered police authorisation cards allegedly belonging to two of the three police officers - head of the unit Senior Superinendent Dumisani Jwara, Captain Landro Mokgosani and Captain Victor Jwili.

The trio's co-accused, Captain Caiphus Shange, died in custody on Friday. (See report above).

National police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Tummi Golding said the discovery of the police cards "could be linked" to the four members of the crime fighting unit.

Golding said: "The three men, two Nigerians and a Congolese, are suspected of running a drug syndicate in the country. The etherdrine, worth about R14,8million, had been stored in large black rubbish bins while some was packaged in boxes of washing powder.

"We've been tracking the drug syndicate since the beginning of the year due to an influx of drugs at ports of entry in the country."

The suspects, bust in Malvern, Joburg, could also be linked to the R180 million worth of etherdrine - the largest bust in South Africa so far - found at the OR Tambo International Airport earlier this year.

"The crime intelligence officers also confiscated a 9mm pistol found in their posession."

Golding said police will also investigate who "supplied" the foreign nationals with the washing powder boxes to conceal the drugs.

The three suspects are expected to appear in the Cleveland magistrate's court today.

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