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Woman nabbed in Somerset West mega drug bust

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A second suspect was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a R8.9m drug bust in Somerset West in the Western Cape last week.

The 45-year-old suspect is believed to be the lessee of the storage facility in Somerset West Business Park where large quantities of tik, heroin and mandrax were found by investigators from the Hawks’ Narcotics Enforcement Bureau and police crime intelligence.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Philani Nkwalase said the suspect had handed herself over to police after they discovered that she was renting the storage unit where the narcotics were discovered.

On November 14 investigators arrested 25-year-old Moegamat Rafiek Hayners at the storage facility where an illegal firearm was also confiscated without ammunition.

A vehicle belonging to Hayners was also seized during the raid.

Hayners is also a suspect in a culpable homicide case in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court after he allegedly killed a 6-year-old girl and her nanny in a hit and run incident in Lotus River this year.

He is expected to appear in the Somerset West Magistrate’s Court for a formal bail hearing on December 22 in the drug matter, when he will be joined by the 45-year-old woman.

They both face charges of dealing in drugs, while Hayners faces an additional charge for possession of an illegal firearm.

“The Hawks national head, Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya, has applauded the arrest and discovery by the multidisciplinary team, adding that the identification and seizure of the drugs demonstrated the police commitment to reducing the availability of dangerous drugs in and around Cape Town,” said Nkwalase.

(Source: TimesLive)


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