– Hot 919fm Community Clean Up

RANDBURG – Through the efforts of a clean-up by Hot91.9Fm R150 000 worth of methamphetamine was discovered.

While on a clean-up operation, staff members of the Randburg-based radio station, Hot 91.9fm, found two plastic bags with a white substance during Mandela Month last year.

They were sent for testing and, last week, police confirmed that the bags contained methamphetamine, also known as tik, with a street value of R150 000.

Hot 91.9fm’s, station director, Lloyd Madurai explained that, in July last year, they had teamed up with staff from Future City Fourways, Fourways Crossing, the City of Johannesburg and the Douglasdale CPF to clean the vacant areas around William Nicol Drive and the Witkoppen intersection.

“While we were cleaning under the Witkoppen bridge, one of our staff members found two plastic bags hidden under a rock. Initially, we thought it was Epsom salt, but we handed the packets over to the Douglasdale police who took it and had it tested” Lloyd said.

Chairperson of the Douglasdale CPF, Jean Berdou, added that, at the time, the two bags appeared very suspicious, but they wondered what the chances of finding two bags of the same size with a crystal-like substance inside, were.

Lloyd Madurai said they had to wait several months before the results came back, confirming that it was the dangerous and highly addictive drug, tik.

Berdou added, “The issue of drugs and drug abuse in the community is a very large problem that is often hidden away from view. It is a silent social cancer which preys on people’s inability to cope with the pressure of their lives.”

He also urged residents to have the courage and play their part in campaigning against drugs, drug abuse and associated crime by either sending an anonymous tip to the Crime Line or by phoning the police on 10111.

Lloyd Madurai pointed out that he was happy that the action of a united and caring community, as well as the commitment of the Hot 91.9fm team, resulted in the removal of toxic and dangerous drugs from society.

Article courtesy of The Randburg Sun

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