Cocaine worth R500 million disguised as truck parts seized at Durban harbor

  • At least 999 bricks of cocaine with an estimated street value of R500 million were seized at the Durban harbour at the end of July.
  • The Hawks said at least two tons of drugs were seized since March.
  • Investigators are still looking for a foreign national believed to be the mastermind behind the drug trafficking.
Police confiscated drugs worth R500 million at the Durban harbour.

The Hawks seized a consignment of cocaine worth R500 million from a container at the Durban harbour last month.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said the massive amount of cocaine was found in a shipping container carrying truck parts destined for Scania South Africa, a truck sales company.

Mogale said initial investigations revealed that the consignment would have been a “rip on, rip off” process in which the cocaine would be removed from the container clandestinely and the container seal immediately replaced.

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 14013 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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