Dagga plantation found in Johannesburg suburb

Johannesburg - Four people arrested after the discovery of a dagga processing operation in Westdene will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday, Gauteng police said.

The men, aged between 29 and 44, were arrested in a separate house in Melville on Friday evening, following the discovery of the dagga in the backyard of the house in 4th Avenue, Westdene, earlier on Friday, Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

"They were arrested in a house where the dagga was found in a refined form and in different stages of processing," said Dlamini.

"It was a very sophisticated plantation in a laboratory form where different equipment [was] used."

The equipment included lights, back-up batteries, plant pots, manure and different types of chemicals.

Dlamini said the operation and stock was believed to be valued at thousands of rands.

"It is believed that this sophisticated dagga plantation was the work of a syndicate dealing in dagga and other drugs in Johannesburg," said Dlamini.

"There is a possibility that part of the syndicate's market is the students in the surrounding universities and night clubs."

Police were still searching for the owners of the house as nobody was found inside the house during the raid.

The men would face charges of dealing in dagga.

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Junaid Kamish 2014-08-03 08:52:24 PM
Let them smoke
Frederick Kaczynski 2014-08-03 08:58:16 PM
And in other news... Hops farmers where arrested for supplying the key ingredient for a substance that kills 20 people a day... And a gang of rowdy tobacco farmers for growing a substance that kills 200 000 a year to smoking related disease dressed in a pretty packet. Just because someone decided a plant is illegal, doesnt make it any worse than something that is legal.
Prince EA 2014-08-03 09:07:33 PM
Nationality pls!!!!
Micky Madlove Siebert 2014-08-03 09:09:05 PM
America is making it legal, South Africa is still upholding an Apartheid law
Sviatoslav Igorevich 2014-08-03 09:15:49 PM
ridiculous making a plant illegal.. perhaps they should prosecute god first.
Nyce Fellaz 2014-08-03 09:20:47 PM
Getting high on their own supply lol!
Albert Nkhoma 2014-08-03 09:22:37 PM
"It is believed that this sophisticated dagga plantation was the work of a syndicate dealing in dagga...." That's Obvious.
Karen Dolphin Pinto 2014-08-03 09:36:16 PM
Should be hunting murderers rapists - not someone wanting to smoke pot, should legalise it anyway - no one has ever died from it or got violent!!
HypnosisWorks 2014-08-03 09:37:35 PM
Free the herb!
Nozipho Mayihlome 2014-08-03 09:41:09 PM
am not suprised by dope commentators