‘Drunk dagga dealer’ bust



September 6, 2016
‘Drunk dagga dealer’ bust

Drunk driver transporting dagga bust in Mitchells Plain. CREDIT: File image

Cops thought they caught a drunk driver but found bags of weed in the suspect's car too.

A Cape Town motorist, who was pulled over for drunk driving in Mitchells Plain on Sunday, faces a litany of extra charges after he fled from a roadblock before he was eventually caught. 

Cops then discovered that the suspect had three large bags of dagga in the boot of his car.

City of Cape Town officials and Metro Police were forced to give chase after the driver fled a roadblock in Spine Road, having been pulled over for being over the legal alcohol limit.

The City said the fleeing driver disregarded traffic signals.

“The officers followed the vehicle through the streets of Mitchells Plain while the driver disregarded many road rules trying to evade them,” JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, said.

“The officers eventually stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver, but the passenger fled on foot. Upon further inspection, the officers found three bags in the boot containing dagga, weighing roughly 6kg, with a street value of approximately R40 000.”

The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless and negligent driving, and possession of dagga.

Smith said a number of roadblocks were staged in various areas at the weekend, including Gugulethu, Mitchells Plain and Mandalay.

Authorities arrested 148 suspects and issued 1 551 fines for multiple offences in the past few days.

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