Neighbours shocked by drug bust

Packaged Mandrax tablets, found at a Douglasdale House, ready for distribution. Picture: Matshidiso Madia/EWN
Bags of Methaquelone powder, found in a house in Bryanston. Picture: Matshidiso Madia/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Neigbours on Wednesday expressed shock at the arrests of five people in Bryanston and Douglasdale.

On Wednesday morning, Crime Intelligence officers raided two properties and drugs worth R100million were recovered.

Authorities believe the syndicate produced large amounts of mandrax tablets and police are investigating a possible third drug laboratory.

Speaking to Eyewitness News, neighbours at the Douglasdale complex were too scared to go on record.

Residents said they would have never suspected that they were living next to a drug lab.

Luxury cars were parked in the driveway and Hello Kitty curtains covered the windows of a three-month-old child’s bedroom.

The parents and a domestic worker were at home when police raided the house, while a husband and wife were apprehended in Bryanston.

The Bryanston couple’s three children were on their way to school when the raid started, but they were allowed to go to school.

Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo said, “We recovered mandrax tablets with methaqualone powder.”

The suspects will appear in court on Thursday.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)