R1.1m drug bust in Beaufort West

2011-01-28 13:53

A police search of three buses in Beaufort West netted cocaine and khat with a street value of almost R1.1 million today.

A black bag containing about 1.1kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of R923 000 was found in the luggage compartment of a Volvo bus when sniffer dogs searched the luggage compartment around 6am, Western Cape police spokesperson Bernadine Steyn said.

Three suitcases and three sport bags containing 1 382 bundles of khat with an estimated street value of about R138 200 were found in the luggage compartment of a white Mercedes bus.

On a third bus, a yellow Volvo, 379 bundles of khat with an estimated street value of about R37 900 were found in two bags. A woman was questioned in connection with these bundles, but was later released.

No arrests were made in connection with the cocaine or the 1 382 bundles of khat.

All the buses were going from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

Last Thursday cocaine worth about R19 million was found on another bus driving through the town.

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