stashed: Under the driveway paving
Seven Mitchells Plain residents, including a 60-year-old ouma, are behind bars after cops found drugs worth half a million rand hidden under paving at their Tafelsig home.

Hawks spokesman Captain Philani Nkwalase says shortly after 4pm on Wednesday, a large contingent of cops descended on the home where they found dagga and mandrax hidden behind a painting and buried in a carport.

“[It was] a joint operation by the Hawks’ Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (Saneb), Crime Intelligence and Flying Squad [during which] dagga and mandrax tablets valued at over half a million rand were discovered.

“The team descended on a house in Tafelsig and uncovered the narcotics that were apparently buried underground in a trunk in the parking... area.

CONFISCATED: Dagga and mandrax was hidden

“Additional drugs and an undisclosed amount of money were also found in a safe which was concealed by a painting on the wall.”

He says during the raid, uneven slabs in the carport made cops suspicious and when they took a further look they found the trunk.

“Some of the slabs were loose and that made them suspicious. It also appears that they would park cars on top of the slabs to ensure the drugs are concealed.”

Nkwalase says the two women and five men will appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrates’ Court on Monday on drug dealing charges.

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