PE: Drugs worth R720m seized

Date: Jan 9, 2019

Cocaine worth R720m seized on ship in Port Elizabeth docks

he Directorate of Priority Crime (Hawks) on Tuesday said they have seized cocaine coming from Brazil with a street value of R720 million in the Port Elizabeth docks.

The bust was made at the Port Of Ngqura, Coega Harbour and netted 706 kilograms of the drug packed into one kilogram bags.

The operation took place over a period of 12 days and the cocaine was seized on Monday.

At a media briefing on Tuesday in Struandale, National Head of the Hawks, Advocate Godfrey Lebeya said the value of the cocaine could have built an entire village.

Lebeya said the cocaine was concealed on the bottom floor of the ship under more than 3 369 containers in a 30-level ship.

“The crooks were determined to ensure that nobody would detect this. This was designed to evade detection,” he said.

Lebeya said the cargo was loaded into the ship in Brazil. It was meant to dock in Singapore before reaching its final destination in India.

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