The Hawks discovered and seized over 120 dagga plants growing in Germiston, Gauteng, in a room fitted with cooling facility and lights. Other plants were even engrained outside in the garden. The team also seized 2 litre of processed dagga oil.
A 51-year old woman, Donee Kathleen Schmidt, was arrested, appeared in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court and was released on bail. The case was postponed to 7 January 2015.
This is the fourth dagga hydrophonic laboratory uncovered within two weeks. On 28 November 2014 eleven suspects were arrested in Sandton, Gauteng and Hartbeespoort in the North West for operating three dagga hydrophonic laboratories.
The Acting National Head of the Organised Crime Unit of the Hawks, Brigadier Ebrahim Kadwa, applauded the investigating team for their sterling work.