Johannesburg - A court official and two policemen appeared in the Britz Regional Court for allegedly freeing two Zimbabweans after they were arrested in a R270m drug bust and denied bail, the North West public safety department said on Friday.
"The three suspects are alleged to have faked warrants of detention in order to, against the directive of the court, release two Zimbabwean nationals.
"The court had expressly denied them bail as they were a flight risk," said spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele.
Emmanuel Masara and Standton Musumburi were "released on bail" of R500.
The pair were arrested in 2007 along with Alfred Campbell, Warren Gillespie, Mariaan Walsch and Warwick Walsch, for the alleged manufacture of "ice" at the Mooinooi farm.
"When the two were due to appear... the court was shocked [that they were out on bail] and immediately issued a warrant for their arrest," he said.
"More arrests are imminent... there was collusion from inside the court and the police outside."
The court official and policemen appeared in court on Thursday on charges of defeating the ends of justice and the case was postponed to November 2.
Public Safety MEC Howard Yawa commended the police for their arrest of the three.
"The war against crime starts with cleaning our own house so that criminals know that none of us are on their side, the battle lines are drawn, there is no place in the justice crime prevention and security environment for police and court officials who facilitate escapes of suspects from custody," he said.
Johannesburg - Crime intelligence officials made the second largest drug bust in the country's history on Friday morning seizing drugs and equipment worth well over R1bn, police said.
Police raided a drug factory on a farm in Brakpan, east of Johannesburg and two people were arrested, said Senior Superintendent Tummi Golding.
"We have been counting up from this morning and so far the value of the drugs [tik] itself is sitting at R1.2m while the equipment, and chemicals were worth over R1bn," she said.
But the figure was expected to be much higher once it had all been tallied up.
Golding said this was the second largest bust, with the largest ever reported in KwaZulu-Natal a few years ago.
That laboratory was also on a farm and the value was well over a billion.
"The size of the KwaZulu-Natal lab was almost the size of the national SA Police Service laboratory and that is really huge," Golding recalled.
Johannesburg - A four-year-old girl on Tuesday helped Pretoria police to arrest her own parents for allegedly dealing in dagga.
Police went to a house in Nelmapius, east of Pretoria, on Tuesday morning after being tipped-off about someone selling dagga to pupils of two schools in the area, spokesperson Jan Shawane Sepato of the Silverton SAPS said.
"When police got to the house they smelled someone was smoking dagga and asked the man why they were smoking dagga with two small children in the house."
Hearing the word "dagga", the four-year-old apparently immediately told the police she knew where the dagga was.
"The child showed us the husband's two boots and we found 43 balls of dagga in there," Sepato said.
The girl then apparently said large bags of dagga had already been taken away from the house.
"We searched the house and found more dagga in the wardrobe."
The 63-year-old father of the girl, and his wife, 46, were arrested for possession of and dealing in dagga. They would appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court soon.
Sepato said the four-year-old girl and her five-year-old brother were left in the custody of their 15-year-old sister.
"There is a relative nearby that [will] care of them."
Johannesburg - Three women have been arrested in Kensington after a drug laboratory was discovered on their residential property on Friday, Johannesburg police said.
"These women were allegedly manufacturing and dealing in all types of drugs including mandrax," said police spokesperson Superintendent Tumi Golding.
Police seized equipment and drugs.
She said the estimated street value of the drugs could be above R2m.
Police were following information in an intelligence-driven operation when they made the discovery at around 02:00.
Golding said police seized a number of machines used to design the tablets, those used to cut tablets to size and those used to "print" the tablets.
The trio, all South Africans, will appear in court on Monday.
Johannesburg - Three people were arrested after a raid on a house in Wonderboom uncovered a magic mushroom plantation with a street value R40m, Pretoria police said on Monday.
The task team from the Pretoria dog unit visited the home of a 27-year-old fashion design student in Pierneef around 18:00 on Sunday, where they found a small lunch box filled with magic mushrooms and dagga, Captain Colette Weilbach said.
"The information we gathered there took us to a house in Wonderboom South and on searching the premises, we found one of the biggest magic mushroom plantations and laboratories we've ever come across," she said.
"In each room we found cupboards of dagga, hung up to dry, containers of magic mushrooms and jars full of ingredients."
Police arrested a 55-year-old woman on the scene, and following information from her, they were able to arrest the "main brain" of the operation in Lanseria around 22:00, Weilbach said.
All three suspects are in custody and expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
The latest arrests followed a series of drug busts conducted in the area since last Wednesday, Weilbach said.
"In summary we have arrested 12 people since last Wednesday, searched six premises, closed down three magic mushroom labs and recovered R50.5m of drugs."
"The bust [by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Unit] followed an intensive undercover investigation conducted after the police's elite unit were tipped off," said police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Lesego Metsi.
Twenty-one kilograms of final product of what is suspected to be Tik, with a street value of R10m, was found.
Two men found inside the house were arrested. Police also found chemicals, raw-materials for drug production and equipment used to manufacture drugs.
Metsi said the police would be investigating the "operational network of this drug manufacture and dealers".
He said the two men, aged 27 and 28, will appear before the Klerksdorp Magistrate's court on August 23 facing charges of the manufacture of drugs and keeping a drug laboratory.
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Drugs, equipment and chemicals worth around R1m were seized, Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.
The provincial task team received a tip-off via Crime Line and responded to the relatively new townhouse complex at midday.
"Police confiscated a large quantity of chemicals in containers and drums, and some of the chemicals were even hidden in a fridge," he said.
At least one kilgram of the drug Cat was found in a plastic bag.
Police said the tip-off led to a major drug breakthrough and commended the whistle-blower.
Police hoped to make more arrests.
The man was expected to appear in court on Friday.
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Johannesburg - Drugs with a street value of about R2m and manufacturing equipment have been found in Pretoria during a raid in which two men were arrested.Police raided a house in Waterkloof following more than a month's investigation and found the men - both Nigerians - busy making drugs, Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.
Several chemicals, weighing scales and bottles used in the manufacturing process of crystal meth (tik) were recovered at the double storey property, he said.
After questioning, the men led police to an upmarket townhouse in Monument Park where more drugs were found in the garage, kitchen and living room. More equipment was also found on the premises.
"It is believed that the house is used as a distribution point, as hundreds of small sculptures were found packed inside the premises," he said.
An Opel Corsa bakkie and X5 BMW were impounded at the first property, which was believed to be the drug manufacturing hub.
Dlamini said the arrested men were likely to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of drug manufacturing.
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Smith - who has declared, "I'm not here to be popular" - has turned policing upside down, with nine new bylaws, a raft of crime-fighting ideas and an army of law-enforcement units.
Experts and even some rival ANC councillors this week praised his hard-nosed approach to reducing crime, grime and road deaths.
Drug arrests leapt from 300 in 2006 to 1500 last year, with Smith going on weekly raids.
"Some councillors have got the cuddly niche; I've got the nasty-guy-with-the-sharp-stick niche - and I don't tolerate excuses," said Smith, 40.
He grew up in Kuils River, became an organiser for the former Democratic Party - now the DA - and now lives in the Cape Town city bowl with wife Ingrid.
He requires his fast-growing force of 2600 officers to undergo quarterly fitness assessments, including fat measurements, and they must visit 1000 delinquent traffic offenders weekly at home or work.
His list of enemies includes nightclub owners, taxi operators and sex-work activists. Smith had to employ bodyguards in December and January after his crackdown on prostitution.
He orchestrated the arrest of DA councillor Clement Mhlanga and ANC councillor Amos Komeni last week over outstanding traffic warrants.
Grant Pascoe, a mayoral committee member whose office faces Smith's, slammed the action against Mhlanga as "wrong" and "a cheap media stunt".
Smith said: "He blew a gasket, but it's all been resolved now. You cannot have a situation where councillors are being sought by the police to be arrested. Why should politicians be different from other members of the public?"
Last month, Smith was "clobbered with adverse reaction" for a bylaw making a dog a potential nuisance and its owner subject to a fine if - controversially - it barks or howls for more than six minutes an hour.
He said the six-minute rule would put the onus on complainants to prove the nuisance, thus reducing the number of gripes and wasted police visits.
He has teams of homeless people employed to clean up graffiti in Sea Point and collect dog droppings.
Sally Shackleton, spokesman for the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force, said Smith's "vice squad" was wrongfully harassing and profiling sex workers.
Rejecting national calls to integrate metro police with the SAPS, Smith has created a dozen specialised units of just six or 10 members , including the undercover traffic "Ghost Squad", "Problem Buildings" unit and "Drug-Busters".
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Berlin - A 81-year-old German woman dubbed the "Drogen-Oma" ("Drug Granny") in the local underground scene was jailed for five years on Tuesday after admitting to dealing heroin.
Christa Koehler, who is confined to a wheelchair and who will reportedly serve out her sentence in the hospital wing of a jail because of heart problems, admitted selling eight bags of around 50g each.
She began dealing in the Nuremberg area of southern Germany after her son was arrested and caught by police with heroin and €16 400 in cash.