Four people lost their lives on Monday 27 July following a brutal crash in Newark, KZN. It was not, however, your everyday collision. This time, authorities found heaps of dagga and cigarettes in one of the vehicles which caught alight. 

Fiery collision involving KZN dagga smugglers leaves four dead

Image via: KZN SAPS


According to KZN South African Police Service (SAPS) member Captain Nqobile Gwala, the collision took place at 08:30 on Monday morning on the N2 freeway in Newark. 

According to Gwala, the vehicle found carrying dagga and cigarettes caught fire, burning two people.

"A total of four people died at the scene. The other vehicle that was found carrying dagga and cigarettes caught fire and two people were burnt," said Gwala. 

"The estimated street value of the dagga and cigarettes is R500 000. A case of culpable homicide is being investigated by Newark SAPS," she added.

Fiery collision involving KZN dagga smugglers leaves four dead

Image via: KZN SAPS

From the four images supplied from police, one can see that one of the vehicles was burnt beyond recognition. In the backseat, there is a large heap of dagga, practically falling out of the door of the vehicle. 

A box of cigarettes can also be seen on the scene although the images mostly show large amounts of dagga. 

From the images, it appears that an Audi and a bakkie were involved in the KZN crash. It also appears as the vehicles crashed head-on. The front of both vehicles almost appears non-existent. 

Fiery collision involving KZN dagga smugglers leaves four dead

Image via: KZN SAPS


Police officers from the Provincial Drug and Firearm Unit, on Friday 24 July 2020, conducted a takedown operation, which resulted in the arrest of four men for dealing in drugs and possession of a firearm. The team recovered drugs with a combined street value of more than R50 000.

The team swooped on two men on Gillepsie Road in the Point policing precinct. A 32-year-old man was found with methcathinone powder and crystal meth in his possession and a 29-year-old man was found with seven half-moons of cocaine, cocaine powder and a packet of methcathinone. The police officers arrested both men and charged them for dealing in drugs.

"The police officers also proceeded to the Umbilo policing precinct where they conducted an intelligence-driven operation. They pounced on a house at Noble Road where they found a 48-year-old man packaging cocaine. Police recovered four pieces of cocaine, 123 pieces of rock cocaine and a packet with cocaine powder. They immediately arrested the suspect for dealing in drugs," said Colonel Thembeka Mbele. 

"During the course of the operation, they spotted a man concealing something on his waist. The police officers searched the man and found a firearm with six rounds of ammunition in his possession. The police officers arrested the 23-year-man for being in possession of a firearm and ammunition. All four men will appear at the Durban Magistrates Court on Monday 27 July 2020," added Mbele.