Two suspects have been arrested on charges of operating a Dagga plantation, and several counts of drug related charges in the Eastern Cape. According to the provincial spokesperson for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (The Hawks), Captain Yolisa Mgolodela, the suspects were arrested during an intelligence operation on Monday.
Officers responded to a call about a farm that was operating as a dagga plantation. A number of purchases were conducted by officers and surveillance was conducted at the farm.
A street value of R600,000 in plants and dry dagga were confiscated from the property. R4 million in equipment was also discovered at the property used to help dry and process the dagga.
The officers involved were from the East London-based Serious Organized Crime Investigation (SOCI) team of the Hawks, Crime Intelligence, K9 unit and the Local Criminal Record Center (LCRC) in Aliwal North and Lady Grey.
Both suspects arrested were aged 35 and 65, more arrested are imitate as the investigation continues.
By: Alexandria Gregson