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Two arrested in R1m dagga bust

Police say the suspects were transporting 13 bags of dagga from the Eastern Cape to George.

Police have seized marijuana valued at almost a R1 million in the Southern Cape and two men were also arrested on 12 August 2015. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - Police have seized dagga valued at almost a R1 million in the Southern Cape.

Two men were also arrested in Tuesday night's bust on the N2 between George and Wilderness.

The police's Bernadine Steyn said the suspects were transporting 13 bags of dagga from the Eastern Cape to George.

"The suspects are expected to appear in George Magistrate Court tomorrow on charge of dealing in dagga."

This is the second drug bust in the province in the space of a just a few days.

Earlier this week a man was arrested and various narcotics worth R4 million were found in his possession following a high speed chase with police in Ottery.

GAUTENG

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) said over R1 million worth of a drug called ephedrine was discovered at the OR Tambo International Airport.

Officials conducted a random search at the airport on Tuesday, where a parcel arriving from India contained 3,45 kilograms of ephedrine.

The drugs were found in items of lace embroidery packages.

The revenue service's Luther Lebelo said police will investigate the parcel.

"After further investigation ephedrine was discovered hidden inside lace packages. The ephedrine was weighing 3,4 kilograms in total and is worth the street value of R1 035,000.00."

DRUGS TRADE SHOCKINGLY HIGH

A criminologist said there has been an increase of up to 70 percent in South Africa's drug trade over the past few years.

This comes after a spate of significant drug busts made by police over the last two weeks.

Drugs worth millions of rands have been confiscated, which Western Cape police believe is making a large dent in the drug trade.

Since the beginning of August there have been numerous major drug busts across the country.

Criminologist Simon Howell says these drug operations are just the tip of the iceberg.

"Over the last 10 years, it's probably 60 to 70 percent larger than it was ten years ago. We have found that the relative worth or affordability of the main drugs use in the city has decreased."

Howl said affordability of drugs has led to a higher prevalence of drug manufacturing, trafficking and drug use than ever before.