SA Cocaine bust worth R700 million en route to India
This latest SA Cocaine bust could be the biggest yet.
It was smuggled on a ship with final destination India.
Sugarman can’t save your cocaine:
The Hawks swoop in to make another massive drug bust. As of this week, they effectively broke an illicit drug supply chain from Brazil to India after uncovering 706 bricks of UNCUT cocaine hidden beneath thousands of containers on a ship at the Port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth.
The 706 bricks of uncut cocaine found during a drug bust on Monday has a street value of around R700 million, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said on Tuesday.
Implementing a successful drug bust takes time and effort with this one resulting from information Interpol received about a cocaine carrying vessel heading from Brazil to SA.
Hawks-eyes behind enemy lines
“It had already been established that the vessel was going to dock at Coega Harbour (Ngqura) and continue to Singapore before going to its final destination in India with the illegal cargo,” Mulaudzi recalls about this latest SA Cocaine bust.
A team effort, the raid included assistance from Interpol, Crime Intelligence, border police, the South African Revenue Service, the Criminal Record Centre, customs, the harbour master and the K9 unit, with the dogs sniffing out the cocaine hidden under 3369 containers.
Hawks head Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya praised the team for their efforts in seizing the drugs.
“By confiscating this cargo, we have severed the supply chain. But the war on drugs has neither been lost nor won,” he said.
“We are still going to put more effort into targeting the supply of these dangerous dependency producing substances. We will not be allowing these substances to go and ruin the lives of innocent people [who] are being turned into drug addicts.”
The investigation on this latest SA Cocaine bust continues.