Married couple appears in court for alleged drug dealing

EASTERN CAPE – Basil Van Heerden (61) and his wife Brenda van Heerden (62) appeared in East London Magistrate court on several alleged charges of dealing in drugs on Monday 24 May 2021.

The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team in East London, in conjunction with Mdantsane Crime Intelligence (CI) executed an operation in response to information received regarding suspects alleged to be selling dagga to members of the community from their residence, situated in Chislehurst Cambridge area in East London.

The resultant search was conducted in their residence on 21 May 2021 where 1kg of dagga was found already for selling purposes. This follows three alleged purchases of dagga that were successfully made from the two suspects at their residence between 16 April 2021 and 21 May 2021.

The uncovered drugs were seized for further investigation and this culminated in the arrest and subsequent court appearance. The duo was released on R1000 bail each and the matter is remanded for 29 June 2021 for the appointment of a legal representative.

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