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R400 bribery attempt led police to R1.5 million drug discovery

A driver who attempted to bribe cops found himself after cops searched him and found 30 bags of mandrax in his vehicle that are worth around R1.5 million.

According to Southern Cape cops spokesman Sergeant Christopher Spies, at around 09:30 on Friday 27 January cops saw a Toyota Corolla parked at a filling station on N1. The driver was acting suspiciously when he saw cops. When cops approached him offered them cash for them to help him pass through a roadblock.

“They approached the driver who then offered them R400 to escort him past traffic officials patrolling the highway. The vigilant members arrested the suspect on a bribery charge and proceeded with a search of his vehicle and found 30 000 mandrax tablets in bags concealed in the boot and panels of the vehicle. Police confiscated the find and seized the vehicle,” said Spies.

Western Cape top cop Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile applauded his team for their diligence.

“Police will continue to deploy more boots on the ground to rid communities of drugs which pose a threat to the safety of our rural and vulnerable communities.

Whilst we commemorate National Police Day, our members should at all times maintain a high standard of service delivery and endurance, whilst also taking care of their safety and wellbeing. This is of paramount importance not only to the police but also to their families as well as the people of South Africa,” said Gen Patekile.

The suspect appeared in the Beaufort West Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 30 January 2023 on charges of dealing in drugs and bribery.

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