3 due in court over R3bn drug bust

2014-06-26 11:12
National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega at the scene of a R3bn drug bust in KwaZulu-Natal. (Matthew Middleton, The Witness)

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega at the scene of a R3bn drug bust in KwaZulu-Natal. (Matthew Middleton, The Witness)

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Durban - Three men arrested during a raid on the biggest drug lab ever uncovered in South Africa would appear in court on Thursday afternoon, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

"The three suspects aged 23, 55, and 56, charged for manufacturing of drugs, will appear in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court at 14:00," Captain Thulani Zwane said.

On Tuesday night, heroin with an estimated value of R3bn was recovered during a raid in the elite suburb of Kloof, near Durban.

On Wednesday national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said it was the biggest drug lab ever found in the country.

"We are still counting these 50kg bags [of heroin] but at the last count, we had counted more than 200 bags," she said in a statement.

Industrial manufacturing machines, scales, and containers were also recovered.

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