MEC Shongwe applauds police for major drug bust in Mpumalanga

MEC Vusi Shongwe

MBOMBELA – Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe has applauded White River Police K9 Unit for arresting a suspect on possession of drugs worth R50 million.
Mr. Jeronimo Masoio was arrested on Sunday, March 6 in Kaapmuiden near Malelane.

The incident occurred when the dog unit searched the vehicle of the suspect, a Toyota Prado with South African number plates. A police dog jumped towards the vehicle’s petrol tanks and found the drugs hidden inside.

It is believed that a police informant called police informing them that drugs were being transported from Malelane to Mbombela.

The MEC says the police did an outstanding work by arresting the suspect and it came at an appropriate time before he could even distribute them where ever he was travelling to.

“Drugs destroy communities; many families have been torn apart due to selfish drug dealers who are mainly concerned about making money at the expense of the well-being of people. Police should work even harder to also arrest kingpins behind the drug syndicates,” says the MEC.

Shongwe also commended members of the public for working together with police, stating that tipping off police will help in the fight against crime, fraud and corruption. Shongwe says criminals have no place in our communities.

He further added that drug dealers must be rooted out because they destroy the dreams of our future leaders. Shongwe says by speedily prosecuting the suspects, communities will continue to have faith in the criminal justice system.

The suspect appeared at the Barberton Magistrate Court on Monday, March 07. He was charged for illegally importing and dealing in drugs. His bail hearing was postponed by a week.

Click on the links below to read more about drug bust cases

R3 million worth drug bust at Lebombo Border

Man in court possession, dealing after huge drug bust

R25m worth of heroin sniffed out




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