Cape Town – A Cape Town woman who was arrested in the R1.5 million drug bust last week has reportedly been released without charge.
The 43-year-old woman was arrested by the Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) for dealing in drugs following the discovery of R1.5 million worth of drugs at a house in Colorado Park, Mitchells Plain, police said.
Police confiscated 30 000 mandrax tablets during a search operation, said Western Cape police spokesperson, Colonel Andre Traut in a statement.
He said that the police were acting on a tip-off when they searched the premises.
“The AGU members reacted on intelligence and conducted a search operation at a residence in Montana Street, Colorado Park, Lentegeur where they found and confiscated 30 000 mandrax tablets, valued at around R1.5 million. Our investigation surrounding the circumstances of the arrest and seizure are still underway and the possibility of more arrests is not ruled out,” said Traut.
#sapsWC #AntiGangUnit confiscates mandrax valued at R1.5 MIL in Lentegeur, 43yr-old female was arrested on a charge of dealing in drugs and she is expected to make her court appearance in Mitchells Plain on Monday. #DrugsOffTheStreets #SaferCommunities MEhttps://t.co/qiXnprcRiR pic.twitter.com/TQbnGBWMNZ
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) January 13, 2023
The suspect was expected to appear at the Mitchells Plain Magistrates Court on Monday, the statement said.
However, New24 reported that the case was not enrolled and therefore, the woman did not appear in court.
“The State returned the docket to the investigating officer for further investigations to be conducted before the matter is brought [to court]. She was released,” the report quoted National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Eric Ntabazalila as saying.
According to community policing forum spokesperson, Byron de Villiers the woman was house-sitting and not aware of the illegal substances kept at the property.
“The woman is most definitely taking the fall for someone because nowhere have I ever hear of that (amount) of drugs being kept by the person supplying the drugs,” the report quoted de Villiers as saying.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe