Dagga raid nets armoury of weapons

Zukile Majova

A police raid on a dagga farm at Worcester in the Western Cape turned up an armoury of weapons and enough dagga to keep the Boland high until Christmas.

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain F C Van Wyk said that, acting on a tip-off, members of the National Intervention Unit in Cape Town and the Worcester Anti-Gang Unit raided the farm in Fairy View, Brandwacht, Worcester.

He said police seized 1,120 plants and cultivation equipment to the value of R2.2 million.

They also found 24 firearms, a large quantity of ammunition and one hand grenade.

“Five male suspects aged between 33 and 50 and two female suspects aged 36 and 39 were arrested on charges of cultivating of dagga, failure to safeguard firearms, illegal possession of explosives and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition,” said Van Wyk.

The suspects are due to appear in the Worcester Magistrates Court once charged.