Police Officer busted while transporting 18 bags of Marijuana ‘dagga’
A SAPS constable has been arrested after he was caught driving a car allegedly loaded with parcels of marijuana in Kriel, Mpumalanga.
The officer, who was driving a police vehicle with four other suspects and wearing his uniform, reportedly tried to get the SAPS members from Kriel to waive a search of the vehicle. However, having received a tip-off that the vehicle was being used to traffick drugs, a search went ahead.
Policeman arrested for transporting dagga
Police found sixteen sealed bags of marijuana in the vehicle, estimated to have a street value in the region of R500,000.
The policeman alleged to have been involved in the transport of dagga has been identified as Constable Solomon Senoamadi.
“Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has applauded members of the police in Kriel for the arrest of five suspects aged between 25 and 62, including a police Constable stationed at Tsakane SAPS for possession of dagga, worth approximately R500 000, in street value,” said SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.
“On Sunday, 19 April 2020, a team of police officials sought to investigate criminal activities in Kriel after receiving a number of complaints from the public that some police members were allegedly involved in drug trafficking.
“The police then received information about a Gauteng marked vehicle which had five occupants, including the driver who was wearing a police uniform. Upon stopping the said vehicle, the driver produced his police appointment card identifying himself as an [SAPS] officer to divert the attention of the members. However, police continued with their investigation where they conducted a search and found sixteen sealed bags of dagga which were stashed at the back of the vehicle.
“Solomon Senoamadi aged 38 (police constable), Nhlakanipho Mtshali aged 34, Hezekiah Bhembe aged 62, Thabo Gama as well as Nkululeko Thabethe both aged 25 were then arrested and charged with possession of dagga as well as defeating the ends of justice.”
General Zuma has strongly warned SAPS members as well as other law enforcement agencies to refrain from participating in criminal activities.
Zuma welcomed the arrest of the five suspects who used a police vehicle to commit the crime and also misused police uniform for personal gain.
“This vehicle was supposed to have been utilised for the benefit of the community at the local station where it has been allocated to but instead, it was used illegally to transport illicit staff. Disciplinary action will be taken against the member or anyone found to be on the wrong side of the law,” said General Zuma.
The five appeared at the Kriel Magistrate’s Court on Monday 20 April 2020 and they were granted R2000 bail each. The matter has been postponed to 23 April 2020, for further investigation.
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