Ngcobo praises cops after drug bust

SAPS forensics officials pack away bags of methaquelone at a Bryanston house. Picture: Matshidiso Madia/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - New police Crime Intelligence boss Chris Ngcobo on Wednesday praised the officers who arrested five people in connection with a R100million drug bust.

The raids took place on two properties in Bryanston and Douglasdale, north of Johannesburg.

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

Two brothers, their wives and a domestic worker were arrested in Wednesday morning’s raids and officials said more members of the syndicate will be caught.

Ngcobo, who took over from controversial policeman Richard Mdluli, said the raids were as a result of solid intelligence gathering.

“We are not going to take chances. It is one government priorities that we remove drugs from the community.”

Earlier, neighbours expressed shock at the arrests, saying they never suspected drug labs were operating next door.

The five suspects will appear in court on Thursday.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)