Police confiscate drugs worth R130K from 3 houses connected to Teddy Mafia

Police have seized about R130 000 worth of drugs from three houses belonging to a family member of slain alleged Durban drug kingpin Yaganathan Pillay, known as Teddy Mafia.

This includes about 25 000 capsules of the antidepressant Xanax, which is allegedly used as a date-rape drug, as well as color-tinted cocaine.

On Wednesday morning, police conducted a raid at a house in Shallcross near the home where Mafia lived and was shot dead.

A local publication understands one person who was seen fleeing one of the houses has been arrested.

The other houses were not occupied – apart from dogs being chained outside in “disgusting” conditions – and are seemingly being used for storage.

Sources described the houses as “cluttered” and added that the cops “may have found more drugs if we took sniffer dogs”.

Pillay was shot twice at his house by unknown attackers and died en route to the hospital. Shortly after his killing, two people were decapitated nearby.

Mafia was laid to rest in an opulent ceremony and his R300 000 “diamond-encrusted” coffin was escorted by people playing bagpipes.

At the time of his death, he was facing a charge of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

He has been described by family members as a generous person who did a lot for his community.

Members of the Hawks in Pietermaritzburg and the police received information about a house in Shallcross allegedly being used for drug dealing, a source said.

They obtained search warrants for the premises and raided it on Wednesday morning. They found:

A local publication has seen photographs of the drugs, including cocaine tinted pink and green that is seen as a trademark of the sellers.

The drugs are estimated to have a street value of R130 000.

The man allegedly found fleeing the area was allegedly caught with heroin capsules, mandrax, cash, and loose coins, a source said.

-The Citizen

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