Police make early strides in Drug Watch fight

The police have received information of drug dealing through Crime Line and Crime Stop.

The police also seized a large amount of drugs including marijuana, mandrax and nyaope. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The police have arrested over 1,800 people in under a week for drug related crimes, the police's Neville Malila said on Monday.

Malila said authorities received many of their information and tip-offs through Crime Line and Crime Stop via the community following the launch of Drug Watch in Johannesburg last week.

Officials also seized a large amount of drugs including marijuana, mandrax and nyaope, a cocktail that includes heroin and marijuana and sometimes antiretroviral medication mixed with rat poison.

"We are urging the community to continue giving us information so we can act," said Malila.

Last week, Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros said Crime Line had become one of the police's strongest weapons in fighting drug dealing.

Petros launched Drug Watch with Lead SA Crime Line and the Gauteng provincial government at the Sophiatown Police Station on Wednesday.

"It's the strongest weapon because the integration of the police will always be questioned so I think Crime Line as a source of giving information anonymously is the way to go," he said at the time.