Coke, cash, cards - huge bust in Joburg

2012-03-15 22:17

Johannesburg - Four Bulgarian women and a man, believed to be part of an international credit card fraud syndicate, were arrested in Johannesburg on Thursday, the SA Revenue Service (Sars) said.

Spokesperson Adrian Lackay said police and Sars officials carried out a house raid in Lonehill where R1m in cash and about 10kg of cocaine were seized.

The women were believed to be prostitutes who were illegally in the country.

Lackay said the arrests were the result of a five year investigation by French, South African and other authorities.

It was believed the house was used as a laboratory to manufacture narcotics.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said hashish and pills were also found in the house. "We don't know what they are. It will be tested."

A suitcase containing ephedrine was also found.

The 42-year old man would be charged with drug dealing and manufacturing drugs and would appear in the Johannesburg Commercial Court on Monday.

The four women's legal status would be checked before any action was taken against them, Polela said.

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