Parklands drug raid yields massive cocaine and tik haul
The Parklands drug raid led to the arrest of a suspect.
The boys in blue made huge progress in the war on drugs when they busted an alleged drug distributor with cocaine and tik worth over R300 000 in Parklands, Table View on Thursday.
The raid took place in a residential complex where the contraband was found along with R12 500 in cash and an imitation firearm, leading to the arrest of the suspect.
City of Cape Town’s gang and drug task team and police intelligence officers conducted the operation, which was a major success.
“A joint crime intelligence operation led to the arrest of a suspect in his late 30s for dealing in illegal substances,” said police spokesperson Lt-Col Andrè Traut.
“A search warrant was executed at the complex in Parklands Main Road at noon today. The officers found cocaine with a street value of R185,040; crystal meth valued at R168,000; drug paraphernalia valued at R4,000; a gas-propelled firearm; and a large amount of cash.”
According to a source close to the raid, it is believed the suspect was a “wholesaler” of narcotics in the Parklands area, where he supplied cocaine for distribution to the beachfront nightclubs.
Of course, cocaine mixed with other products, like cat, is also sold to naïve students who don’t have the funds to buy purer, more expensive cocaine.
The source also said that with drug wholesalers constantly robbing one another, the BB gun would be used as an intimidation tactic against a would-be attacker.
“If you pointed that at me I would think it was a real firearm. You would have to handle it to find out that it’s not the genuine article,” said the source.
“You would be surprised to see who is on tik these days. It’s a cheaper drug. We often get students because they want to stay awake and study.
“On the Cape Flats they use tik to get ‘strength’ to go and shoot. Once they’re done shooting they use heroin or unga to come down, so they can relax again.”
Although the Parklands drug raid was a success, there are so many more layers to the drug trade.