Drug dealer remanded in custody

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Secunda District Court on Thursday remanded Belinda Swart (53) in custody.Swart was arrested by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation based in Secunda together with Crime Intelligence and K9 Unit when they responded to information about a suspect allegedly dealing in drugs around Secunda on Tuesday, 11 January 2021.

Captain Dineo Sekgotodi of Mpumalanga Hawks said 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.”

Sekgotodi added in August 2018, the accused was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment of which 1 year 6 months was suspended for 5 years, with the choice of acknowledgement of guilty of R12 000.00.

“During the first appearance on Thursday,13 January 2021, the defence of the accused insisted to proceed with a formal bail application on schedule 5 hearing.”

The accused was denied bail and the case is postponed to 4 April 2022 for further investigation.

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