1 minute read
26 Jun 2014
10:46 am

Heroin bust three to appear in court

Three men arrested during a raid on the biggest drug lab ever uncovered in South Africa, would appear in court on Thursday afternoon, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

FILE PICTURE: Head of police intelligence Vinesh Moonoo, General Riah Phiyega and KZN provincial commissioner Mammonye Ngobeni open and show bags of drugs found in a house in the Kloof surbubs near Pinetown west of Durban. Picture: Phumlani Thabethe.

“The three suspects aged 23, 55, and 56, charged for manufacturing of drugs will appear in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on [Thursday] at 2pm,” Captain Thulani Zwane said.

On Tuesday night, heroin with an estimated value of R3 billion was recovered during a raid in the elite suburb of Kloof, near Durban.

On Wednesday national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said it was the biggest drug lab ever found in the country.

“We are still counting these 50kg bags [of heroin] but at the last count, we had counted more than 200 bags,” she said in a statement.

Industrial manufacturing machines, scales, and containers were also recovered.