‘Dagga’ gogo arrested in sting operation

Written by Lentswe. Posted in Community

Lentswe, Kanana - A mother and daughter suspected of running a dagga den in this township were arrested in an undercover operation.

The 62-year-old woman, her 32-year-old daughter and another family member were arrested for dealing in and illegal possession of dagga in Kanana on Saturday 20 July by the Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB). 

The trio appeared in the Orkney Magistrate Court on Monday 22 July. Evelyn Mpaka and her daughter, Wendy Zodidi Mpaka were released on R 1000 bail. Charges against the elderly family member were dropped. The case was postponed until 6 August.

According to the Hawks provincial spokeswoman Capt Tlangelani Rikhotso, they were following up on information about dealings in dagga in and around Klerksdorp.

“Financial investigations revealed that there is a flow of large amounts of money into some of the suspect’s bank accounts, despite them being unemployed.

“We also learned that the main suspect took regular drives to Swaziland to allegedly collect dagga,’’ she said.

Lentswe learned that a police agent allegedly bought R20 000 worth of dagga from the suspect. This was in addition to two alleged earlier transactions where she also fell in the police’s trap by selling to one of their agents.

The Hawks said her house was searched and more dagga was uncovered. A search at her second house revealed an underground compartment allegedly used for dagga storage.

The Priority Crime Specialised Investigation unit of the Hawks also seized 5 luxury vehicles belonging to the kingpin.