PICTURES: Police crack down on notorious drug dens in Phoenix

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The drugs, which were found in the suspects possession.

Solidifying their fight against the scourge of drugs in the community has been extremely rewarding for local police officers, who were offered high praises after swooping in on two notorious drug dens in the Phoenix area, earlier this week.
Provincial police spokeswoman, Col Thembeka Mbhele said that on Wednesday, September 12 at about 9:30am, the eThekwini Outer North cluster’s Crime Intelligence Unit together with Durban Public Order Police, Durban Metro and Durban DPCO arrested two men at Rucklen Place (Barnyard).
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The men, aged 25 and 36, were found in possession of 2050 heroin capsules, 60 mandrax tablets and five pieces of rock cocaine.
“The estimated street value of the seized drugs is R44, 500,” she explained. The team also confiscated cash to the amount of R11, 827. Col Mbhele said the suspects were charged duly.
On the same day, later on, Phoenix SAPS officers conducted an intelligence-driven operation, following information received regarding a lab where drugs were being manufactured.
“Police kept observation on the premises at Westham Place. They entered the premises and seized drugs such as heroin, which were being manufactured and packaged on the premises,” added Col Mbhele.

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A total of 2900 capsules of heroin, 720 mandrax tablets, 500 grams of heroin powder and 70, 000 empty capsules together with machinery were seized.
“The street value of the drugs is R600,000. A 30-year-old suspect was placed under arrest for possession of drugs. All three suspects will be appearing at the Verulam Magistrates Court today,” she concluded.

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