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Police have arrested an alleged reckless driver (31) and members also discovered six large bags stuffed with dagga in Mjejane (Hectorspruit) near Komatipoort.The suspect was charged for reckless and negligent driving as well as for dealing in dagga. He is has since appeared before the Komatipoort Magistrate’s Court on Friday last week

It is said that while the Mpumalanga Provincial Traffic officials were busy conducting their duties at the vehicle control checkpoint when they were joined by a member of the SAPS who had just reported off duty on that Wednesday as he was going back home.

It is further said that while law enforcers were together on the control point, they noticed a white Toyota Corolla overtaking on a barrier line. The officials ordered the vehicle to stop but sped off.

A high-speed chase ensued, whereby traffic officials together with the said SAPS member cornered the Toyota Corolla on the Coopersdal Road.

Upon searching the vehicle, the law enforcement agencies discovered that the car was fitted with false registration number plates. It was during this period when they also found bags of dagga, loaded in the back seat and at the boot of the vehicle.

What was even more interesting was when members realized that the recovered bags of dagga were marked with specific names as well as addresses thereof which suggests that this was a well coordinated mission. Preliminary investigation revealed that the bags were heading to Gauteng.

Meanwhile the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has commended law enforcement enforcers for their collective effort that resulted in the arrest of the suspect as well as the recovery of the dagga. The General reiterated that Mpumalanga routes must never be mistaken for a smooth passage of illicit substances.