CONCERTED efforts by the police to root out the illegal distribution of drugs in the Southern Cape yielded positive results, with Mandrax tablets with an estimated street value of R11,000 were confiscated on the N2 highway near George on Saturday February 22 at about 4:45pm.
Vigilant members of the Eden Cluster crime combatting team were strategically patrolling the N2 highway when they spotted a known subject of investigation into the illegal drug trade at a hiking spot just outside George.
They approached the man and found a backpack in his possession. Upon searching the backpack the members found 170 Mandrax tablets hidden in a plastic bag inside. They confiscated the drugs and arrested the 34-year-old suspect on charges of dealing in drugs.
The suspect remained in custody until his first appearance in George Magistrates Court on Monday.
Eden Cluster commander, major general Oswald Reddy, has lauded the vigilance of the members involved with this arrest and confiscation. He reiterated that efforts to rid communities of drugs will continue, because alcohol and drug abuse remains some of the major contributors to serious and violent crimes in this region.