Ngwenya Boarder Post Police arrested and charged a 50 year old truck driver while trying to smuggle six bags of compressed dagga into South Africa.
The dagga is weighing 164kg and has a street value of E100 000-00. The dagga was wrapped in black refuse bags and hidden amongst the goods which the truck was ferrying from Matsapha to Johannesburg.
The police had information that there was truck that has left Matsapha for Johannesburg with a consignment, which was loaded at Matsapha.In an interview with the officer who made the arrest, Detective Constable Dumezweni Sacolo explained that he was doing his routine duties of checking and searching motor vehicles that are leaving the country for South Africa.
“When the truck approach me I suspected that there could be something wrong and I went on to approach the driver whom I asked to alight from the vehicle. I explained to him that I wanted to search the truck and he agreed,” he said.
As a trained officer, Sacolo started searching the truck and he concentrated on the specific areas where smuggling drivers normally hide prohibited goods. It was a matter of time before he made the big catch.
“It was when that I found the six bags dagga hidden within the goods which were being transported. I asked the driver about it and he could not give an explanation and it was then that I called my colleagues and he was eventually arrested,” he said.
Sacolo went on to warn drivers against smuggling dagga into South Africa, stating that they are on a high alert and they will be very vigilant as it proves that there are people who are still taking chances.
“The long arm of the law will catch up with all those who take chances and may I warn people more especially courier drivers to desist from this habit as it place their jobs at risk,” he said.
Apparently the driver is a habitual transporter as he was arrested before by the same police officers for a similar office.