Massive Copesville dagga bust

Sergeant Stanton Padayachee with the higher grade dagga that he recovered

Acting on a tip-off from an informant, Padayachee, who was off-duty at the time, and in the vicinity of where the alleged suspect was, informed his commander and followed up on the information while dressed in casual clothes.
Padayachee conducted surveillance of the suspected area for almost 45 minutes before he finally noticed a suspect who fitted the profile described to him by his informant.
After tracking the suspect on foot, Padayachee confronted him and identified himself as a police officer. He then searched the suspect and allegedly found two packets with loose high-grade dagga on him.
The suspect was then arrested and charged with possession of a large quantity of high-grade dagga to the value of more than R10 000.
Residents who witnessed the arrest heaped praise upon Padayachee for assisting them in combatting drug-related crimes in their area.
“I commend the action of the off-duty police officer, Sergeant Stanton Padayachee, who went the extra mile in the apprehension and recovery of the drugs,” said Mountain Rise Police Station commander Brigadier Boxer Pillay.
He said Padayachee’s actions indicated to police management and the community that there were committed police officers always ready to pounce.
The suspect has since appeared in court on Monday for the charges of possession of dagga.

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Byrone Athman
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