The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, have confiscated drugs worth a staggering R154 million in Durban.

The Hawks in the province are yet to give clarity on the type of drugs that were seized during the raid, which took place on Tuesday, 15 September 2020. The bust was made at Simithi Eco Estate, which is an upmarket residential community in Ballito.

The circumstances surrounding the massive drug bust remain unclear at this stage, however the authorities have said the matter is still at a developing stage, and have fallen short of shedding more light.

The Hawks have also said they expect the value of the unknown drugs to increase.

“Durban (Hawks) seize about R154 MIL worth of drugs at Simithi Eco Estate on Tuesday, 15/09. The estimated value of the drugs is expected to increase, investigation continues. Developments will be communicated soon,” the South African Police Service (SAPS) said in a short tweet posted on Wednesday, 16 September 2020.

Mandrax, Cocaine bust worth R200 000

Durban has proven to be one of the hotspots for drug-related crimes in the country, with one of the latest incidents being the arrest of two men, for dealing in crystal meth and cocaine, to name but a few.

The suspects were charged with the possession and dealing of drugs.

“Police recovered methcathonone, crystal meth, rock cocaine, cocaine powder and mandrax tablets with an estimated street value of more than R200 000. The drugs were found concealed in the bedroom, and intelligence was received that they were about to be distributed to runners for trading. The suspects are also facing a charge for contravening the Immigration Act,” SAPS spokesman Captain Nqobile Gwala said.

The matter was subsequently heard in court, however the outcomes of the case remain unclear at the current stage.

In another incident in the province, a 32-year old man was nabbed for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, possession of explosives and possession of drugs. This is after police went on a high-speed chase during an operation in Wentworth. They had spotted a vehicle being driven recklessly on the road

“The police officers gave chase and the suspect resisted arrest but he was placed under arrest. The suspect’s vehicle was searched. A shotgun, hand grenade and 660 tablets of mandrax to the value of R33 000 was found inside the vehicle. Two pistols with 33 various rounds of ammunition was also found on the suspect,” said Gwala.

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Presh JM Reporter

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