A day of damage to dagga in Centurion

A close-up of the dagga.

Dagga trees and plants to the value of more than R500 000 have been extracted in Highlands in Centurion.

The metro police by-laws unit and the Lyttelton police joined forces to achieve this.

Metro police Inspector Seun Barret and his team from the by-laws unit started extracting high dagga trees and plants by 06:00 on Monday morning.

This came after the metro police were informed about homeless people sleeping close to a dagga plantation.

Barret said they extracted nearly a ton of product that would be destroyed.

Also read: Lyttelton and metro police work together to combat crime

This is the second dagga extraction where the metro’s by-laws unit and the Lyttelton police worked together.

The first collaboration between the two entities were in an open veld near the Waterkloof Air Force base.

At this spot dagga of an estimated street value of R250 000 were removed.

With the latest success, the great teamwork prevented close to R1 million worth in drugs to hit the streets.

Dave Miller, police spokesperson for the Lyttelton police said the metro police were tipped off about the high trees growing in the wetlands area in the Highveld.

Miller said dagga was a major problem in the area.

“It is given to our children and is a gateway drug.”

He said the Lyttelton police station worked with the Tshwane metro police by-laws unit on a regular basis.

“We would like to congratulate them for their valuable contributions in keeping the city safer. They deserve to be commended for their good work.”

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