Alleged drug dealer appears in court

Police seized drugs with an estimated street value exceeding R200 000.

A MAN (57) allegedly found in possession of drugs, an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, in Clairwood last week, is scheduled for a court appearance at the Durban Magistrate’s Court this morning for bail application.

The accused, Desmond Pillay, aims to persuade the court to grant him bail during today’s proceedings. Pillay’s apprehension took place during a collaborative effort between members of the Hawks from Port Shepstone Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Crime Intelligence and the Durban Metro Police on May 15. He stands accused of drug dealing.

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Spokesperson for the Hawks Lieutenant Colonel Simphiwe Mhlongo said that the police received information concerning an individual suspected of engaging in the supply of drugs in the Clairwood area.

“A coordinated operation was swiftly executed, with surveillance being conducted in the area. The suspect’s vehicle was identified and intercepted, leading to a search that uncovered various narcotics with an approximate street value of R215 155,” said Mhlongo.

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Following his arrest for drug trafficking, Pillay’s vehicle, allegedly used for transporting drugs, and his firearm were confiscated.

Mhlongo further elaborated, “The firearm will undergo ballistic testing to determine its potential involvement in any criminal activities within the country.”

Pillay made his initial appearance at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on May 22 and was remanded into custody. The bail application hearing was adjourned to May 23.

Major General (Dr) Lesetja Senona, the KwaZulu-Natal Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Provincial Head, commended the arrest and lauded the law enforcement officials for their commendable efforts.

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