Clandestine drug laboratory raided in Randfontein, four suspects arrested

Pretoria : 21 November 2018 – The Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Stefan Schutte has commended Crime Intelligence, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation and Gauteng Province Anti-Gang Unit for the discovery of a clandestine drug laboratory at a small holding in Randfontein.

Four suspects that were found at the premises were arrested including the owner of the property.

The multi-disciplinary team observed the small holding for a period of time until they were satisfied that they had enough evidence to apply for a search warrant. The search warrant was effected in the early hours of this morning and the Team discovered a steel shed full of chemicals and machines used to manufacture mandrax as well as a truck containing liquid chemical.

The Forensic Science Laboratory crime scene investigators are currently at the scene collecting evidence. The value of the clandestine drug laboratory will be determined by Forensics as soon as the are done with their analyses.

The Acting National Commissioner has commended the team for cutting off the supply of drugs to our children. “Drugs ravage our communities and destroy the future of our children. As we will soon commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Children, we all need to take extra care of our children by ridding our communities of drugs”, said Lt Gen Schutte who went on to urge communities to be part of community policing forums and to take ownership of the community in blue concept.

The suspects are facing a charge of manufacturing drugs and the case will be investigated by the DPCI.