Byline: Refeloe Letsoisa

07 January 2023

Police Crime Intelligence Unit in Standerton worked around the clock to verify the authenticity of information linking two foreign nationals who are believed to be behind the major suppliers of drugs in Standerton and Volkrust.

On Thursday, 05 January 2023, a 40-year-old undocumented Nigerian national was apprehended in Standerton during an operation by Ermelo K9 and Standerton Crime Intelligence.

He was traveling in a gold Nissan NP 200 that was loaded down with substantial amounts of drugs.

The suspect was found in possession of various types of drugs including 102 mandrax tables (149 grams), one unpacked bag of Crystal meth (17 grams), and one unpacked bag of Cat (11 grams), one bag of Crashes mandrax (14 grams) and one unpacked bag of Nyaope (11 grams).

Police also found a striped blue Toyota Etios at the property of the suspect, who is also known as a motor technician, in Meyerville, Standerton.

After further inquiry, it was discovered that the car had been reported stolen at Wierdabrug in 2020.

The recovery of the striped Toyota Etios follows the recent recovery of another White Toyota Etios which was reported stolen in Centurion, Pretoria five years ago which was also recovered in Meyerville this week.

The total value of the recovered drugs and the vehicle is estimated at R185 000.

The team proceed to Volkrust, where a 43-year-old undocumented Nigerian man was apprehended with nine stones of unpackaged cat (372 grams), which had an estimated street worth of R18 000.

The suspects are expected to appear before Standerton Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 09 January 2023 for dealing in drugs and possession of stolen vehicle.

 The Provincial Management welcomed the arrest and believed that the supply of drugs in the area will be halted.