Cop arrested for dealing in drugs

An Aliwal North police detective is due to appear in court on Monday after being arrested on Friday while allegedly transporting drugs from the Eastern Cape to Johannesburg.

The 37-year-old detective constable is being charged with possession and dealing in drugs.

Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi‚ said an undisclosed amount of drugs were found in his possession during a crime intelligence operation following a tip-off.

“His vehicle was stopped and searched as he was heading to Johannesburg.”

The investigating officer‚ who can only be named after he appears in court‚ is due to appear in the Aliwal North Magistrate’s Court.

In another operation five suspects‚ aged between 18 and 25 years‚ were arrested in Mangaung in the Free State for theft of vehicle parts at SAPS garages.

They will also appear in court today.

In a separate arrest‚ a 53-year-old woman was caught after allegedly demanding a R1‚500 bribe before she could provide the complainant with the documents he needed to take to the Master of the High Court.

“She was found in possession of the money she solicited from the complainant‚” Mulaudzi added.

Acting Hawks Head Major-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza has hailed the operations as another breakthrough in the fight against corruption and criminality within the police.

“It is increasingly worrying and unacceptable that those who are entrusted with protecting the vulnerable and weak‚ end up committing crimes.

“Drug dealers and corrupters will remain a target‚ and it’s only a matter of time before we come calling.

“If these criminals don’t get the message‚ they are on course to be locked up and to have the proceeds of their crimes seized‚” he said.

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