They were operating the laboratory on their farm in the area.
A Volksrust couple is out on R10 000 bail each after the Hawks allegedly discovered they were planting and then preparing marijuana for distribution.
The Hawks said a 20kg bag of compressed weed was found on the farm of Philip and Sarah Gallie together with 112 dagga plants – valued at R400 000.
They were released this week by the Volksrust Magistrates Court on R10 000 bail each and are expected to be back in court on 23 November 2018.
The Hawks said the marijuana found at the farm is “basically higher grade pipe dagga that is cultivated for distribution”.
Hawks boss Major-General Zodwa Mokoena welcomed the arrest.
She warned that similar unannounced swoops will continue in Mpumalanga, saying drug manufacturing and activities are quite disturbing in the province.
“What makes this lab unique is the structure that housed the laboratory, the sophistication of the equipment that was used and clearly the volume that was being harvested,” Mokoena said.
“We will not relent until we arrest those that continue to live lucrative lives in the expense of our people,” she said.
(edited by ZK)
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