Coke bust in Joburg

2011-09-23 08:51

Cocaine with a street value of R2 million was seized and six people were arrested in Ridgeway, south of Joburg, today, police said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the Hawks and members of the dog unit arrested five Nigerian men and one South African woman at an upmarket complex at around 6am.

“Police acting on information raided the complex and found 3kg of cocaine powder hidden in the bathroom,” said Dlamini.

It was suspected that the complex was being used as a distribution point and that the drug was manufactured elsewhere.

“Further investigation may lead police to a drug laboratory which is believed to be in the southern suburbs of Johannesburg.”

Police also seized vehicle registration documents and passports believed to be fake.

The six people – all in their 30s – were expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Monday, where they would face charges of dealing in drugs.

“More people may be arrested as investigations are continuing,” said Dlamini. 

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