Five people have been arrested after a police raid on an illegal cannabis oil manufacturing plant in Alberton, Gauteng. Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu, said the raid took place on Monday, 28 June and that cannabis oil and equipment with an estimated value of R5 million was seized.
Capt Mulamu said the Hawks’ Narcotics Enforcement Bureau, together with Crime Intelligence and the provincial Tactical Response Team, received a tip-off that a consignment of dagga was to be delivered in the Alberton area.
The Alberton cannabis oil extraction plant bust by police (source SAPS)
“Police kept surveillance at a positively identified residence in Alberton [on Monday] and pounced on the suspects allegedly operating a fully functional cannabis oil extraction process,” he said.
“The investigation team together with Forensic Science [Laboratory] Services seized all cannabis oil extraction equipment with an estimated value of R5 million.”
The five people arrested are aged between 30 and 59 and were expected to face charges relating to the Medicines Act and the Drug Trafficking Act, as well as illegal drug manufacturing and dealing in drugs, when they appear in the Alberton Magistrate’s Court.
Police say there could be further arrests.