Twenty five people have been arrested in one of the biggest busts in South African cannabis history after the SAPS raided a farm near Paarl in the Western Cape. Police say they discovered “substantial quantities” of cannabis during the operation in the Klein Drakenstein mountains on 22 April 2022.
The Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape police, Lt Gen Thembisile Patekile commended the units responsible for the operation and issued a stern warning to drug dealers saying their illegal trade will remain high on the policing priority list.
SAPS spokesman Andre Traut said “in our pursuit to eradicate the lucrative drug market in this province, members of the Flying Squad discovered an illegal cannabis harvesting and manufacturing operation” on a farm where cannabis was being grown under controlled conditions. Traut said there were many plants in the ground and a large amount of cannabis that had been packaged for market. “Due to the substantial quantities, the estimated value of the drugs is yet to be determined,” he said.
He said the discovery led to further searches on the farm premises, which then led to the arrest of 25 suspects aged between 18 to 55 years. Those arrested were expected to appear in the Paarl Magistrate’s Court on 25 April 2022 to face drug trafficking charges. Traut said there was a possibility of further arrests as the operation was ongoing.