JeVanne Gibbs
1 minute read
28 Nov 2013
8:00 am

Hawks seize R75m worth of drugs

JeVanne Gibbs

Two foreign men are due to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court tomorrow following one of the biggest drug busts in Gauteng.

STASH SEIZED. A member of the Hawks looks through what is estimated to be R75 million worth of confiscated drugs yesterday, in Kempton Park, Johannesburg. Hawks spokesman Paul Ramaloko said that it is the largest syndicate arrest. They seized 20kg of heroin, 15kg of cocaine and 15kg of tik. Picture: Alaister Russell

Hawks spokesman Paul Ramaloko told The Citizen that drugs with an estimated street value of R75 million had been seized at a storage facility in Kempton Park yesterday.

“The two were found with 20kg of heroin, 15kg cocaine and 15kg of tik during a police operation,” said Ramaloko.

“We traced them as they headed to the facility. They were caught red-handed at the distribution point.”

He added that the specialised crime fighting unit had been monitoring and surveilling the two, a Nigerian and a Tanzanian, for some time leading up to the arrest.

This followed one of the biggest drug syndicate busts on the West Rand last month, which also resulted in the arrests of two men for producing Mandrax.

The Hawks had found three kilogrammes of Mandrax tablets, with equipment to produce the drug at a house in Boltonia, Krugersdorp.

One of the men was thought to have been a well-known drug dealer from Soweto, according to the SA Press Association.