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KZN Police Lead a Drug Bust of Cocaine Worth R70 Million

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KZN Police Lead a Drug Bust of Cocaine Worth R70 Million


KwaZulu-Natal Police

In a remarkable intelligence-driven operation, the South African Police Service (SAPS) in KwaZulu-Natal has successfully seized 200 blocks of cocaine worth a staggering R70 million.

The operation was led by members of the SAPS Durban Harbour and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI).

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Brigadier Athlenda Mathe, spokesperson for the SAPS, revealed that the operation had been ongoing for a month. SAPS Durban Harbour had been closely monitoring a vessel that was en route to South Africa from Brazil. Acting swiftly, the SAPS intercepted the vessel at the Port of Durban and conducted a search and seizure operation on the containers. Inside 20-litre paint containers, they discovered the cocaine.

The success of this operation was praised by the management of the SAPS, including the Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele. General Cele applauded the meticulous investigative work and added that the state would continue to strengthen its response and strategy in dealing with drug syndicates.

General Fannie Masemola, the National Commissioner of the SAPS, commended the team for successfully intercepting the drugs hidden in paint containers.

He described this operation as just the beginning of the country’s safer festive season operations. General Masemola highlighted that last week alone, the SAPS confiscated R75 million worth of counterfeit goods in Cape Town.

He emphasized that the fight against organized crime syndicates would be intensified, and this particular investigation would focus not only on the origin but also on the destination of the drugs to ensure that arrests were made.

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