Hawks cannot rule out possibilities of a link in two Somerset West drug busts


December 7, 2018 10:34 am

The officers were taking part in an intelligence disruptive operation after information was obtained that narcotics were clandestinely being kept inside a storeroom. The team found heroin, tik and mandrax including a handgun. Picture: Supplied

Cape Town – The Hawks’ Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) have made two big busts in Somerset West with both amounting to R8.9 million and R8.6 million respectively. Despite similarities between the two cases, the Hawks have confirmed that the two cases are totally separate to each other.

Last month, a Hawks and Crime Intelligence operation led to the arrest of Mogamat Rafiek Hayners (24) and the recovery of various drugs ranging from heroin, tik and mandrax valued at more than R8.9 million allegedly concealed at a storage facility in Somerset West.

Three suspects Russel Stanton Jonathan (53), Mark Overmeyer (51) and Zaynisa Alfoz (45) were also apprehended in various parts of Cape Town for their alleged involvement on the drugs seized at the storage facility.

All the suspects have been remanded in custody.

In a second incident, the Hawks’ George and Cape Town Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB ) together with the provincial Crime Intelligence team arrested two people, aged 60 and 27, in a coordinated police operation while they were offloading an assortment of illegal drugs worth approximately R8.6 million into a storage facility in Somerset West.

Tik and mandrax drugs were allegedly found inside the suspects’ vehicle and the storage unit, including two elephant tusks and a note counter machine. All the items have been seized.

Two people, aged 60 and 27, were arrested in a coordinated police operation while they were offloading an assortment of illegal drugs worth approximately R8.6 million. Picture: Supplied

The team proceeded to the suspects residence in Wetton, Cape Town, and the subsequent search of the suspects home, the authorities found and confiscated further drugs worth about R810 000, an undisclosed amount of money and another vehicle.

Provincial spokesperson for the Hawks, Captain Philani S. Nkwalase, has stated that while the cases are different, they cannot rule out anything yet.

“Both cases are separate and the suspects are totally different. At this stage the investigation is on-going, we cannot rule out any possibilities but for now these matters are unrelated.”


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