Cops Make Massive R500m Bust at Durban Harbour, Seize 999 Cocaine Bricks

Cops Make Massive R500m Bust at Durban Harbour, Seize 999 Cocaine Bricks

  • Cops have made a huge bust at Durban harbour and seized 999 bricks of cocaine valued at R500 million
  • The police were tipped off that a huge haul of contraband would arrive in Durban
  • The South African Narcotic Enforcement Bureau of the Hawks worked with elements from Gauteng, Durban and the National Office

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has made a massive bust at Durban harbour. The police seized 999 cocaine bricks with a value of R500 million.

The bust was made last month by the South African Narcotic Enforcement Bureau of the Hawks. The operation included elements from Gauteng, the National Office and units from Durban.

Hawks spokesperson, Katlego Mogale revealed that the operation was carried out after information was received that a container containing contraband would be arriving in Durban according to IOL.

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Cops, R500m, bust, Durban Harbour, 999 Cocaine Bricks
The police seized R500 million worth of cocaine wrapped up in 999 bricks. Photo credit: @SAPoliceService
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The bricks of cocaine were stored in a container that was supposed to hold truck parts headed for SCANIA South Africa.

Each of the bricks weighed around one kilogram making the total weight of the cocaine one ton.

541kg of Cocaine with an estimated value of R243m found in KZN depot

A container depot in Isipingo, KZN was found with 541 kilograms of drugs with an estimated street value of over R243 million. An intelligence-driven operation was conducted in the early hours of 22 June.

The Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation team along with the members from Durban Harbour and Crime Intelligence Border Security made their way to the depot where the container, which allegedly had animal food, was located and searched.

26 Canvas bags with the TikTok logo and Jaguar brand on them were found containing large bricks of cocaine. An investigation is ongoing to track and apprehend the alleged drug traffickers.

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2 SANDF officers and a foreign national arrested after being caught transporting illegal cigarettes

In more news about a bust of illegal goods, Briefly News reported that two South African National Defence Force members aged 27 and 38 years old were found with an undocumented 30-year-old foreign national allegedly transporting illicit cigarettes in an army vehicle.

The trio is expected to appear before the Musina Magistrate's Court on 21 June. They were arrested on 18 June for allegedly transporting the cigarettes. SAPS stated that they received information about an army vehicle that was allegedly loaded with illegal goods.

Police present at Beitbridge border crossing were given information regarding a loaded army vehicle loaded with illicit cigarettes scheduled to be sent to an anonymous buyer near Musina. They then responded by setting up a stop-and-search operation next to the Baobab Truck Park.

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