Public Eye Vaal and Sasolburg SAPS bust drug lab and confiscate drugs to the value of R2.5 million

VAALPARK - Two suspects were expected to appear in the Sasolburg Magistrate's Court today after drugs worth about R2.5 million was found at a clandestine drug laboratory they were allegedly operating. Public Eye Vaal’s Arrie Coetzee said in an interview that this bust was made after they had the suspect under surveillance for about 3 months, whereafter the SAPS K9 unit was notified and all relevant info was shared with SAPS. Coetzee said the Sasolburg SAPS K9, Public Eye and CPF Vaalpark formulated an execution plan, with a search warrant obtained by SAPS, and at 09:00 on Friday the operation was executed. According to police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Lynda Steyn, while the police were on their way to execute the search warrant, a vehicle matching the description of the suspects' was spotted on the corner of Namib and Kamiesberg streets. One suspect was apprehended after a high-speed chase through town and onto the R57 where he was stopped. Steyn added a bag of CAT was confiscated during the arrest. Coetzee said they then escorted the suspect to his home where what seemed to be a chemical manufacturing lab was uncovered. The team found and seized drug-manufacturing chemicals - including battery acid, acetone, caustic soda, acid and other unknown chemicals - in one of the rooms; the other suspect was also arrested. The two suspects, aged 37 and 41, were expected to appear in the Sasolburg Magistrate's Court today, 20 July.


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