oSizweni SAPS nab three alleged drug dealers

All drugs recovered were estimated at a street value of around R2 800.

oSizweni police arrested three suspects for being in the possession of various drug substances on January 18.

During an Intelligence Driven Operation within the Osizweni Policing area, members of the oSizweni Crime Prevention Unit followed up on a tip-off of regarding drugs in the oSizweni Policing area.

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Members proceeded to a house dwelling in Section C, and recovered three parcels of dagga, weighing 0,014 grams.

Upon further investigation they recovered one liv round of ammunition for a 9mm pistol, hidden in a matchbox .

Here police arrested a 29-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman for possession of dagga ,and for possession of live ammunition.

Later on that evening while members were patrolling the Ebhareni area, they spotted two people looking suspicious.

They stopped and searched the men and found 15 Mandrax tablets in one of the men’s possession.

He was arrested and charged for possession of Mandrax tablets.

All drugs recovered were estimated at a street value of around R2 800.

All three suspects will appear in the Madadeni Magistrate’s Court soon.

If you’ve ever had someone close to you struggle with addiction, you will already be aware of the amount of pain it can cause not only for the sufferer, but for their friends and families as well.

The causes of addiction vary considerably, and are often not fully understood. They are generally caused by a combination of physical, mental, circumstantial and emotional factors.

Addiction can and does happen to anyone , regardless of age, race, social status and income.

Here are a few of the most common signs of addiction to look out for if you suspect someone close to you might be struggling:

Physical symptoms:

Commonly displaying glazed or bloodshot eyes, sometimes accompanied by changes in the size of the pupil due to constriction or dilation.

Abrupt weight changes.

Bruises, infections and scars on the skin, particularly on the face or in areas where intravenous drugs enter the body (the crooks of the elbows or on the feet, for example).

Unusual smells on the breath, body or clothing.

Deterioration of physical appearance and personal grooming habits.

Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination.

Behavioural symptoms:

Drop in attendance and performance at work or in school.

Loss of interest in favourite activities.

Sudden changes in sleep patterns.

An unexplained need for money and eventually, serious financial problems, often accompanied by borrowing and stealing.

Secretive or suspicious behaviour.

Sudden changes in friendship circle, favourite hangouts and hobbies.

Frequently getting into trouble, including fights, accidents, and trouble with the law.

Psychological symptoms:

Sudden or unexplained changes in personality and attitudes.

Mood-swings, irritability or angry outbursts.

Periods of hyperactivity, giddiness or unusual agitation.

Lethargy, depression and lack of motivation.

Paranoid or fearful behaviours with no apparent reason.

What to do next?

Recovery from addiction requires readiness on the part of the addict, as well as a nurturing and supportive environment generated by those people around them.

It is also an intensely personal journey that every recovering addict must take upon themselves.

If you, or anyone close to you, requires SANCA’s assistance, the organisation can be contacted 24/7 on 034 312 3641.


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Zianne Leibrandt

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