Police hunt 'mandrax syndicate'

Police are hunting for more suspects after a R100m drugs bust in Johannesburg.

Packaged mandrax tablets, found at a Douglasdale House, ready for distribution. Picture: Matshidiso Madia/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police are on Thursday hunting for more suspects after a R100 million drugs bust at two homes in Bryanston and Douglasdale.

Two brothers, their wives and a domestic worker were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly manufacturing mandrax at two separate homes in the affluent Johannesburg suburbs.

Police are also investigating a third property, but are yet to release any details on the matter.

The police's Vish Naidoo said the five suspects could not have been acting alone and a syndicate must be at play.

"This had to be undertaken by a much larger group of people and therefore we do believe this is the work of a syndicate."

He said more details will emerge in court.

"All five of these suspects are expected to be charged for dealing in drugs, we are hoping to bring them in front of the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Friday."

It also emerged one of the suspects was arrested before.

New police crime intelligence boss Chris Ngcobo has congratulated his officers by saying the bust will help boost morale in a unit trying to regain its public credibility.

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

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