Durban host to SA’s biggest drug bust yet

2014-06-25 10:28

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National police commissioner Riah Phiyega is on her way to Durban to view what is believed to be South Africa’s biggest drug bust yet.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker told City Press this morning that the bust, in which two foreign nationals and a local man were arrested, took place in Everton Road in Durban’s upmarket Gilletts suburb.

A total of 180 bags of heroin, each weighing 50kg, were recovered in the raid, which took place after police apparently received tip-offs about the underground operation. Drug packaging and manufacturing equipment was also recovered at the house.

Naicker said Phiyega would hold a briefing later today to outline the details of the police operation.

“The commissioner is on her way to Durban now for the briefing about the seizure. We will be able to provide more detail about the operation then,” Naicker said.

Earlier this year, a similar operation was uncovered in nearby Hillcrest. It is not known at this stage if the two drug factories were linked.

Durban is in the grip of a heroin epidemic, with low grade versions of the drug – known as whoonga or sugars – being peddled on the street mixed with various pharmaceutical cocktails and cleaning agents.

The city faces a major crisis over its whoonga park, near the Warwick Avenue market, with vigilantes recently attacking the more than 1 000 addicts living and using there over a drug-related crime wave in the Glenwood and Umbilo suburbs.

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