Drugs worth R15 million seized in Durban harbour

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The drugs were hidden in cargo bags which were mixed with food boxes.

A man has been arrested and about 60kg of crystal methamphetamine (tik) with a street value of about R15 million seized at Durban harbour, the directorate for priority crime investigation (Hawks) said on Saturday.

Members of the Hawks drug enforcement bureau seized the drugs on Tuesday, and the 37-year-old suspect was subsequently arrested in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, after intense undercover operations, Hawks KwaZulu-Natal spokesman Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said.

The man would be transported to Durban where he was expected to be formally charged when he appeared in the local magistrate’s court on Monday.

An intelligence-driven operation conducted by members of the Hawks, the SA Revenue Service, and the SA Police Service operational response service (ORS) at the Durban harbour container terminal led to the recovery of the drugs and subsequent arrest.

“The drugs were hidden in cargo bags which were mixed with food boxes. The street value of the drugs seized is approximately R15 million,” Mhlongo said.

Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza applauded the officers for their excellent work in apprehending the suspect.

“As we had promised, we mean business and we will never bury our heads in the sand but arrest and expose those that live in the lap of luxury and profit from the misery of ordinary citizens on the ground. We are not yet finished, we still continue with this investigation until everyone behind this find is behind bars,” he said.

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