R87.5 million worth of heroin seized in NKZN

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As if from the storyline of a Hollywood movie starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, dear old Northern KwaZulu-Natal made headlines when three suspects were arrested with a ridiculous amount of drugs. 

With the arrest coming on 9 September 2020, the three-drug traffickers were caught with heroin to the estimated value of R87.5 million.

According to a statement issued by the SAPS, the Hawks in collaboration with the Mpumalanga Crime Intelligence unit discovered 342.5 kg of the drug inside what is believed to be a purpose-built hide in a truck. Amazingly, the vehicle travelled from Mozambique, via Swaziland and arrived in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.

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The large stash of heroin recovered by the authorities.

Unbeknown to the suspects their journey would not end according to plan, with the truck being intercepted in Hluhluwe (NKZN). Almost 250 packets of heroin were found hidden in the false partition which was newly painted and sealed extremely well, seeing members having to cut open the compartment to access the drugs.

Following the amazing discovery, the driver and two passengers were immediately placed under arrest and will appear in court in the very near future.

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The Hawks removing the false partition to recover the heroin.

The National Head of the DPCI, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya has welcomed the arrest and seizure of the drugs which would have generated a hefty amount of profit for criminals who are involved in the drug supply chain.

“It is worrisome to imagine as to how many lives were going to be wasted through addiction and crime triggered by the use of these hardcore dependency producing substances,” said Lieutenant General Lebeya.

Seeing more of these large scale arrest happening gives one a sense of confidence in the prospect of bigger breaker throughs happening within the drug world. 


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One Response

  1. Does indeed give one a sense of confidence. So easy to overlook these crimes in today’s times. Well done HAWKS.

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