The Western Cape Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), continues to punch holes in the illegal narcotics trade as validated by the Cape Town Regional Court effective eight-year sentence imposed on Hosia Mathoho (58), for drug dealing.
Mathoho was arrested along with three co-accused late during November 2016, in Vredenburg after members from the Hawks’ Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) swiftly intercepted a truck and an escort vehicle reportedly transporting drugs along R45 from Gauteng.
The resultant search of the truck uncovered about 771 000 units of Mandrax tablets hidden in the false compartments, the seized drugs were valued at approximately R7.5-million.
Following a plea bargain, Mathoho was sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment of which seven is suspended, he has further been declared unfit to possess a firearm. A confiscation order was also issued, declaring that the two vehicles used in this case be forfeited to the state. Cases against the other three accused were withdrawn.
In a separate incident still on Tuesday, members of the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Unit and K9 Unit in the Southern Cape executed two Warrants of Arrest at separate addresses in Conville.
Sought suspects Izunna Ekedirichukwu Ibeh and Sunday Ndubuisi Ibeh both aged 37, were apprehended. Small quantities of Narcotics (Tik and Mandrax) valued at just under R5000 were seized.
The pair appeared before Thembalethu Magistrate’s court on Wednesday. They are expected back in court on November 20th to face charges of drug dealing.
Enquiries: Captain Lloyd Ramovha - 071 481 351
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