Four appear in court for international drug syndicate

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A group of four suspects believed to be involved in a trans-national drug enterprise in the USA, Mozambique and in South Africa will remain in jail after being arrested with narcotics worth R7 million. 

Kingsley Nnedike (46), Emeka Ezissi (54) Mehran Mehran (38), and Muhammad Dura (51), were remanded in custody after appearing at the Potchefstroom Magistrate’s Court for drug dealing charges in terms of of the drug trafficking Act – 140/1992.

The foursome were arrested in a sting operation led by the Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) and the US’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Crime Intelligence on December 30 in Gauteng and North West.

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“About 60 kg of Chrystal Meth with a street value of about R7 million was recovered from the syndicate,” said Brigadier Nomthandazo Mbambo.

The well planned and executed operation was aimed at disrupting the lethal global drug trade took place in the Modderfontein and Buffelshoek areas.

According to Brigadier Mbambo, the group has been on the police’s radar for some time.

The suspects are expected to make a follow-up appearance in the Potchefstroom Magistrate’s Court on Monday, January 10 for formal bail application.

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