Police carried out a bust at a marijuana manufacturing plant inside Jackal Creek Golf Estate in North Riding, recently.
Police received an anonymous tip-off on March 13 about the upmarket golf estate. When they arrived, they found an elaborate and expensive set-up, with fans, air pipes, air conditioners, artificial sunlight, and many pots with healthy marijuana plants growing.
“Bags of processed and dried marijuana were also seized and taken to Honeydew police’s exhibit storeroom,” said Honeydew Police Station spokesperson, Warrant Officer Dave Stanton.
“Two suspects were arrested and charged with manufacturing and dealing in dagga. They will appear in Randburg [Magistrate’s] Court. All anonymous tips we receive are taken seriously by the police and acted upon timeously. A person’s anonymity is never compromised, and I would encourage the public to use our Crime Stop tip-off line 086 001 0111, or call your nearest police station, with any information.”
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Jackal Creek Golf Estate’s head of sales and marketing Dean Bester said this was the first incident of its nature at the estate.
“Jackal Creek Golf Estate is a secured estate and for every resident and owner a full MIE criminal check is run including a check of IDs, ID photos, fraud, previous records, citizenship, working permits, and more,” he said.
He added that the estate’s security suspected illegal activity and contacted the police about this incident, assisting police in their needs during the arrest.
“Jackal Creek Golf Estate runs a 24-hour high-quality security system operated by Fidelity, which includes a 24-hour operated guardhouse, hand scanners, cameras throughout the estate as well as in the public adjoining roads and gate checks to ensure the safety of all residents of the estate. Seeing as this is a criminal case with sensitive info, we can not comment on any further details.”