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The Hawks Secunda-based Serious Organised Crime Investigation with the assistance of Pretoria Forensic Laboratory followed information regarding a clandestine laboratory at residential premises in Secunda.
The team confirmed the information, and a search and seizure warrant was authorised and executed on the same day. Manufacturing equipment and chemicals were seized for further investigation during the search and seizure operation.
The following was seized: four batteries, two cylinders (50 litres and 25 litres), pipes, wire, 2x bags of dagga weighing over 100kg, dry dagga, hydroponic dagga, 8 x boxes of unused syringes 3ml, 4 x boxes of unused syringes 10ml, about 20 loose syringes containing an oily liquid substance, about 30 loose syringes with needles containing oily liquid substance, about 5x 200g bottles containing black substance not covered, 2 bags of 500 cotton wool balls, small hand silver weighing scale, two hand grinders (purple and green), two dagga bags, 9 x 5 litres of ethyl, 5-litre camphor powder, 1.5-litre diphenyl oxide,125 g activated charcoal, 57 unused viper cartridges, one unused viper with a white charger in a box, 2 cooler boxes (white 50 litres and a blue 25 litres), clear packing plastic 2,5 x 250 size and several other items used for distribution.
During the preliminary investigation, it was established that the dagga was used to manufacture cannabis oil. The value of the seized items will be determined once the investigation is complete