Two men from Tanzania aged 31 and 33, were busted in the early hours of today after they were caught in possession of drugs in their apartment situated in Nelspruit.
The suspects’ arrest came as a result of a joint effort by members of Crime Intelligence in the province and the White River K9 Unit, after receiving information regarding certain men who were allegedly dealing in drugs. The information led the police to the apartment of the suspects and a search was conducted. It was during the search when police found and seized heroin drugs to an estimated street value of R137 000, an undisclosed amount of cash as well as a scale believed to be used in the measuring of drugs.
Also In a separate incident, another two suspects, a 40-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man, were nabbed this morning at approximately 08:30, after being found in possession of a hunting rifle.
The suspects were nabbed after police acted on information regarding people who were in possession of a firearm driving in a bakkie heading towards Nelspruit. Police spotted the vehicle with two occupants a few kilometres before the city and pulled it off the road for a search. Underneath, police found a 303 rifle stashed in a false compartment next to the petrol tank. They further seized ammunition, a military jacket and knives and as a result the duo were apprehended. A short probe by police suggests that the suspects were on their way to poach endangered species.
The suspects are facing charges of conspiracy to hunt endangered species as well as illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.
A profiling of the suspects in both incidents is underway to establish their possible involvement in other crimes. All the suspects are expected to appear before the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, 15 December 2016.