Case of alleged FS drug dealing syndicate postponed


The case of six alleged drug dealers aged between 37 and 56 has been postponed to 1 April 2020 for a formal bail application.

The six suspects, Moses Igbo (50), Chidi Ernest Eke (37), Steven Obiora Chime (40), John Emeka Offor Ekwe (55), Christopher Ngozi Nwagwu (37) and Jonn Obiason (40) made their initial court appearance in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court, on Monday, 23 March 2020 and again on 25 March 2020.

The suspects face charges of dealing in and possession of drugs.

According to the Hawks, the operation emanated from an enquiry after crime intelligence received information of a Nigerian syndicate involved in drug dealing in Bloemfontein.
According to the investigator, the syndicate members are alleged to have been operating cells, distributing large quantities of cat, cocaine, ecstasy and tik to a customer base in Park Road, Bloemfontein.

The alleged distribution cells worked in coordination with each other to supply drugs and transfer funds to further the conspiracy.

“The successful takedown operation last week was designed to counter the ongoing threat against organized crime fuelled by trafficking. The work executed by the team will have real and lasting impacts for those who live in Bloemfontein.

“This law enforcement team has, over a period of many months, taken direct aim at organized crime and together they have made our shared community safer by taking dangerous drugs off the streets,” said Major General Kubandran Moodley, the Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) in the Free State.