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More nabbed in drug clampdown

A suspect was found in possession of various narcotics as well as a blue police light.

In excess of 8,000 people have been arrested for drug related crimes in Gauteng since the launch of Drug Watch in Gauteng in June. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A suspected drug dealer was arrested on Tuesday after being found in possession of drugs with an estimated street value of R300,000 in Moreleta Park near Pretoria.

The police's David Miller said the suspect, a Mozambican man, was apprehended during a road block.

Miller said authorities raided the suspect's home and seized various narcotics and a blue police vehicle light.

"They pulled over a suspect who was in possession of dagga. When they brought him into the station they had established he had been arrested before and when they searched his premises they found more drugs."

The man was arrested after an anonymous tip-off was given to Drug Watch.

MORE ARRESTS

In excess of 8,000 people have been arrested for drug related crimes in Gauteng since the launch of Drug Watch in Gauteng last month.

Authorities have also confiscated over 300 kilograms of various narcotics.

The police's Neville Malila urged members of the community to come forward with more information, particularly information of those manufacturing drugs.

Last week, R17 million worth of drugs were seized at the Beitbridge border post.

The crystal cocaine was found hidden in a bag of surgical equipment belonging to a bus passenger travelling between Malawi and Johannesburg.

On 6 July, Sars seized 150 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, also known as tik, at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg.

The service described the bust as the largest ever single seizure of tik at any port of entry in South Africa.

The drugs were estimated to be worth R43 million and were brought in by two women flying from Tanzania.

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