Cop among suspects arrested for dagga possession in Burgersfort
The Barberton police sergeant was behind the wheel of the vehicle in which dagga, with a street value of R62 000, was found.
Burgersfort Saps nabbed three suspects transporting dagga in a Volkswagen Polo on Thursday morning. Photo: Supplied/ Lowvelder
The Burgersfort South African Police Service (Saps) has arrested two eSwatini nationals, and a Barberton police sergeant, for allegedly being in possession and transporting dagga with an estimated street value of R62 000.
The 46-year-old police sergeant and his accomplices were arrested outside Burgersfort on Thursday morning around 11am.
According to Limpopo Saps spokesperson, Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, police were conducting a stop and search operation at a roadblock along the R37 next to L50 Farm.
“A white Volkswagen Polo with Mpumalanga registration plates was stopped,” Ledwaba said.
The police officers asked to search the car, with three occupants, after detecting an unpleasant odour.
Permission was granted and the SAPS discovered three big parcels wrapped with box tape on the back seat of the vehicle. One of the suspects confirmed to the police that it was dagga and they were immediately placed under arrest.
Police sergeant among suspects arrested
According to the Saps, preliminary investigations indicated that one of the suspects, the driver of the car, is a sergeant stationed at Barberton.
“His two accomplices are foreign nationals from eSwatini who were in possession of valid passports.
“During the arrest, the police confiscated dagga with an estimated street value of R62 000,” Ledwaba added.
Charges of possession and transporting dagga
He said the suspects were expected to appear in the Burgersfort Magistrate’s Court soon facing charges of possession and transporting dagga.
Limpopo Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe welcomed the arrest.
The police are expected to uphold the law and if they are the ones breaking it, there must be consequences.
The investigations are ongoing.
Edited by Cornelia le Roux.
This article originally appeared in Lowvelder and was republished with permission. Read the original article here.