BETHAL – Three people were arrested in Bethal for possessing and dealing in drugs.  The suspects were arrested on Friday, 16 February near Station Road.

According to Bethal Police’s spokesperson, Constable Thomas Mokgadime, the trio includes one Nigeria man and two of his female accomplices, a white woman and black woman.

“The Secunda Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) received information about the trio’s illegal activities and they followed it promptly, for before the arrival of the police the suspects were busy moving in and out of their apartment which raised suspicions of hiding drugs.  The apartment is also suspected of being used as a brothel,” Constable Mokgadime told the Village Voice News.

He said while the police where approaching the apartment, they noticed a white female (21 years-old) who was wearing a brown army jacket.  They requested her to take it off so they can search it, of which she compiled.  “The police found a black plastic bag in the suspect’s jacket, which had heroine inside,” Constable Mokgadime said.

Inside the apartment, the police also found a black female aged 21 in the bathroom while she was trying to flush away a black plastic bag.  They got the plastic bag before it could be flushed away, which also had drugs inside.

“Furthermore, the police found two other black plastic bags in the drain also containing drugs.  The police seized a total 42 packs of heroin, two packs of Tik from the apartment with an estimated street value of R141 000.  The trio were arrested on the scene.

The suspects will appear at the Bethal Magistrates Court today (Monday 19 February 2018) facing charges of illegal drug dealing and possession.

Trio arrested for illegal dealing in drugs.  Photo by: SAPS