Three suspects were arrested after the Hawks’ serious organised crime investigation unit and members of the K9 Hartbeespoort Dam unit raided a hydroponic dagga lab in Assen, North West.
A search warrant was executed following information received regarding cultivation and dealing in dagga.
A fully-fledged dagga cultivation greenhouse was discovered, where approximately 148 dagga plants were found and 24 bags of processed daggga in an air-conditioned room.
“More bags of processed dagga were found in the house with some stashed in the ceiling,” said the Hawks in a statement.
Police arrested three suspects, aged between 28 and 49.
Preliminary investigations reveal the main suspect is linked to other cases of dealing in dagga and was once declared an undesirable person.
They will appear in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on charges of cultivating and dealing in dagga.
Provincial Head of the Hawks, Major General Kholekile Galawe, welcomed sentences imposed on Chike Okafor Ewile (27) and Sunday Matthew Chike (30) for dealing in drugs.
The accused were part of a syndicate arrested during a sting operation conducted in Northern and Western Cape last year.
“The operation was in accordance with the Hawks’ resolve to stem the proliferation, selling and use of illegal drugs, which is gaining momentum among youth. It became evident the threat evolved as one of the targets relocated and operated from Western Cape.
“This province will not allow communities to be exposed to the use of drugs and anyone found to be involved in this crime will be brought to justice,” said Galawe.
The Kuruman Magistrate’s Court sentenced Ewile to 23 years imprisonment. He will serve an effective 15 years. Chike was sentenced to 20 years or an R80 000 fine. He will serve an effective 12 years.