SECUNDA DRUG DEALER REMANDED IN CUSTODY
MPUMALANGA: Belinda Swart (53) was remanded in custody by the Secunda District Court on Thursday, 13 January 2022 after she was arrested by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation based in Secunda together with Crime Intelligence and K9 Unit promptly responded to information about a suspect allegedly dealing in drugs around Secunda on Tuesday, 11 January 2021.
A disruptive search and seizure operation was executed on the premises and the suspect was found in possession of drugs (chrystal meth). Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was previously arrested by the Hawks in 2018 for Drugs and Drugs Trafficking Act. The accused was later in August 2018 found guilty and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment of which 1 year 6 months are suspended for 5 years, with the choice of acknowledgement of guilty of R12 000.00.
During the first appearance on Thursday, the defence of the accused insisted to proceed with a formal bail application on schedule 5 hearing. The accused was denied bail and remanded in custody. The case was postponed to 4 April 2022 for further investigation.
Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi
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