Yesterday, 14 July 2023, members from Oshoek Border Policing arrested two male suspects from the Kingdom of Eswatini, aged 27 and 44 on charges of dealing in dagga worth more than R385 000.
According to the report, the two were nabbed at the Oshoek Port of Entry around 06:00.
The arrest was effected during the time when the pair, driving through the border, tried their luck to smuggle a consignment of dagga from the Kingdom of Eswatini into South Africa. However the members were on guard and whilst searching the white Hino truck with registration number plates from the Kingdom of Eswatini, they noticed something sinister inside the handcraft items they were transporting. When further inspecting the concealed items, the astute members discovered dagga weighing about 91,80 kilograms with an estimated street value of about R385,560.
It was during this time when the two male suspects were apprehended as well as charged accordingly and their consignment was also confiscated.
Preliminary investigation by the police reveals that the two were possibly heading to Johannesburg in the Gauteng Province but fortunately, their alleged mission was intercepted by the men and women in blue.
The investigators are working in collaboration with officials from the Department of Home Affairs to ascertain the status of the two suspects in the country meanwhile the probe by the police continues.
The two men are due to appear in the Chief Albert Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 17 July 2023 facing the said charges.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has, with much excitement commended members working at the borders for their relentless efforts in fighting cross border crimes. The General further motivated these members to continue doing what they do best as their hard work always proves to yield positive results.