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Debbie Calitz arrested in drug raid

Debbie Calitz has been accused of using her Pretoria home to grow drugs.

Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari shortly after their release. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A relative of pirate kidnap survivor Debbie Calitz said her children were the one's involved in a drug-related incident, and that she was taking full responsibility.

Calitz was arrested during a police drug raid in Pretoria on Friday, nearly six months after she and her former partner Bruno Pelizzari were released from captivity in Somalia.

The pair were captured as their yatch was about to enter the Mozambique channel, south of the Tanzanian port city of Dar es Salaam, in October 2010.

Calitz is being accused of using her Constantia Park flat to grow dagga and magic mushrooms, police confirmed on Monday.

A family member has told Eyewitness News that Calitz was helping her children get out of the incident.

It has been reported she was arrogant during her arrest, trying to use her celebrity status to get off.

Another woman and five men were also arrested during the raid.

Calitz recently released a book on her ordeal, titled "200 Months in Hostage Hell".

Somali pirates had initially demanded $10-million from the families of Calitz and Pelizzari.

It is not clear whether ransom was paid during a joint operation by South Africa and other international role-players to ensure their release.

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