Hawks arrest Phoenix pair with R260k worth of drugs and paraphernalia

05 October 2021 - 17:17
Some of the drugs recovered during the arrest.
Some of the drugs recovered during the arrest.
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An alleged drug manufacturer and a suspected accomplice have been arrested and charged for dealing in drugs in Phoenix, north of Durban. 

Nikkita Landie, 29, and Ronaldo Pillay, 24, appeared briefly in the Verulam magistrate's court after they were nabbed by the Hawks in the province. 

Members of the Hawks from Durban's serious organised crime investigation unit, together with crime intelligence and the Durban metro drug team bust the pair after they received information about someone manufacturing drugs in the area.

“An intelligence-driven operation was swiftly conducted and they proceeded to a residence. A search was conducted and police found crack cocaine, cocaine powder, large pieces of cocaine moon [rock] and paraphernalia,” said provincial Hawks spokesperson Capt Simphiwe Mhlongo. 

“Police probed further and the second suspect was apprehended nearby. He was taken to his place of residence, where more drugs including Mandrax tablets were seized in the house and in his vehicle.

“The street value of the seized drugs and paraphernalia is about R267,500.”

It is understood that Landie was allegedly manufacturing the drugs and Pillay is the suspected accomplice.

Both accused were granted R10,000 bail each and their matter postponed to December 8 for further investigation. 

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