Nelspruit — The former Elukwatini Cluster police stations (Elukwatini, Badplaas, Mayflower, Ekulindeni and Hartebeeskop) embarked on a joint operation where they conducted a roadblock at the Oshoek-Lochiel N17 Road in the early hours of today.
The operation commenced at about 01:00, where they stopped, searched and arrested a 25-year-old Sicelo Mazibuko, for possession of compressed dagga sealed in five vacuum bags as well as three maize bags filled to the brim with dagga. The estimated street value of the loot is R8280-00.
Later at about 05:30, the Joint Forces received information about a silver grey Toyota Fortuner suspected to be transporting dagga from Swaziland to Johannesburg. When police spotted the vehicle, a high speed chase ensued until the driver of the Fortuner pulled off the road. Police conducted a search of the vehicle which had two occupants and found 12 bags of compressed dagga to an estimated street value of R535 500. The suspects, John Joel Mlokozi (29) and Michael Kamau Gakunga (33) were immediately arrested as well as their vehicle together with the loot was seized.
During the same operation, the police stopped and searched Lucky Dlamini (32) who was on foot. He was carrying a blue bag containing a black plastic refuse bag filled with dagga estimated at R414-00.
All the suspects have appeared before the Eerstehoek Magistrate's Court in Elukwatini today to answer on the charges of dealing in dagga and were remanded in custody. Mazibuko will appear again on 15 March 2017, Mlokozi and Gakunga on 14 March 2017 while Dlamini will appear on 17 March 2017.