- The South African Police Service, Crime Intelligence and the Hawks combined to pull off a dramatic raid at a home in Pretoria
- The multi-disciplinary team discovered that the home contained a huge number of marijuana plants and discovered some secret rooms
- They then discovered a hefty collection of firearms and arrested the home owner
In a multi-disciplinary team effort, the South African Police Service, Crime Intelligence and the Hawks raided a home in Wierdabrug, Pretoria.
To their surprise, they discovered that the home owner had developed a dagga cultivation lab.
The officers then also came across a few rifles. However, after scratching beneath the surface, they unlocked a few hidden rooms.
A huge collection of firearms were then discovered, including AK-47 rifles, a mortar launcher, crossbows and ammunition boxes.
A 50-year-old man is the home owner and he claimed to be merely a collector, but the officers were having none of it.
The incriminating items were confiscated as SAPS took control of the house.
The man has also been arrested and charged.
News of the stunning bust circulated via social media as the Intelligence Bureau SA group shared the story via Facebook.
Briefly.co.za noted the viral reaction as South Africans commended the alert authorities.
Nkanyiso Ndlovu was left in disbelief:
"What does he need a mortar launch for? I’m ‘shook’. Well done to all involved."
Lynette Fisher thanked all parties involved:
" 'HOUSE and its contents are in police custody' ... On a serious note, job well done SAPS and kudos to those who came forth with information."
Raphael Taylor disputed the home owner's version of events:
"Okay so the “collector” just piled the guns in a corner and the pots are well arranged."
Lawrence Letsoalo was stunned by the hefty collection of guns:
"Owner claims he is a gun collector, with those kind ammunition he can start a mini war."
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