Hawks seize R29m worth of cocaine in Durban

Picture: AFP.

Picture: AFP.

Almost 100kg of cocaine, with an estimated street value of R29 million, has been seized by the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal.

Police confirmed that the Hawks had intercepted a goods-container on Tuesday night at the Durban harbour and seized the drugs following a day-long operation.

Captain Thulani Zwane said upon searching the container, cocaine which was positively identified by the forensic team, was found packed in boxes next to the door of the container.

“One kilogram cocaine blocks were counted to a total of 95 blocks. Preliminary investigations revealed that an original seal of the container had been tempered with by the syndicate to sneak in drugs,” said Zwane.

“It is suspected that the drugs were intended to be removed before the container could be handed to the owner.”

Zwane added that the ship carrying the container had departed Buenos Aires in Argentina, South America on September 5, and arrived at Durban Harbour on Tuesday night.

No arrest had been made.

Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Ngobeni said: “Such operations will continue to make sure that the perpetrators who are trafficking drugs into our country face the full might of law.”

This after the Durban Flying Narcotics Task Team arrested a 39-year-old man after he was found in possession of cocaine powder yesterday.

Police proceeded to the man’s place of residence in where more packets of cocaine powder with an estimated street value of R130 000 were seized.

The man was charged for possession of drugs.


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