Marijuana growers to appear in court

Policemen load dagga trees into a van after a raid in the Northern Cape.

Three suspects will be appearing before Mothibistad Magistrate’s Court today after they were caught with dagga with an estimated street value of more than R150 000.

Two of the suspects, aged 30 and 55, were arrested and are facing charges of dealing in dagga. In a separate incident, police discovered a dagga plantation after a tip-off from a community member in Kimberley’s Galeshewe township.

About thirteen trees and 47 small plants were recovered during the raid with an estimated street value of R20 000. One suspect was arrested on a charge of dealing in dagga.

According to the police’s Olebogeng Tawana, these raids took place during a provincial festive season operation.

Tawana says dagga plantations were discovered over the weekend in two separate yards at Ncweng Village, near Kuruman.

“Another suspect was arrested in Maruping village after his house was searched and dagga was found hidden inside the house. The arrest came after the police followed up information that occupants of the house were dealing in dagga,” explained Tawana.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele/OFM News