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SANDF employee and alleged drug kingpin arrested for dagga and money laundering

Scene where suspects were arrested in Mahikeng

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An employee from the South African National Defence Force, as well as an alleged drug kingpin and another accomplice, is expected to appear in court in North West on Tuesday for dealing in dagga and money laundering.

Police spokesperson Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso says a multidisciplinary task team involving amongst others the Hawks, K9 unit and the Asset Forfeiture Unit, was aimed at dismantling an illegal enterprise that is allegedly extensively involved in elaborate clandestine activities involving the dealing in dagga and money laundering.

The suspects aged between 24 and 39 were arrested on Monday.

Captain Rikhotso says it is alleged that the trio smuggles dagga from Swaziland and then supplies it to Mahikeng and surrounding towns.

He says the suspects were followed for months under surveillance by police.

Captain Rikhotso says the main suspect, who is believed to be a drug kingpin, was arrested in February this year after dagga with a street value of R600 000 was found in his possession.

Police have subsequently linked him to money laundering and seized six vehicles believed to be from the proceeds of crime.

All three suspects will appear in the Mmabatho Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday where they will be charged with money laundering and dealing in dagga.

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