96 cocaine blocks seized at harbour

2014-10-03 00:00

A POLICE operation inside the Durban Harbour led to the recovery of nearly 100 kg of cocaine believed to have been smuggled in from South America.

The cocaine has a street value of R29 million and had been concealed in a container.

Police are expected to question, among others, the importer of the container that contained a shipment of aerosol dispensers from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

While no arrests have yet been made the Singapore-owned ship Cap-san-tainaro, in which the drugs were found, yesterday set sail for Malaysia’s Port Klang.

Sources revealed that Hawks and customs officials swooped on the ship after they had received a “tip- off” and that the investigation was at a “sensitive stage”.

According to a police statement, the cocaine, which was positively identified by the forensic team of the SAPS, was found packed in boxes next to the door of the container.

There were 95 blocks, each weighing a kilogram, concealed in boxes and tog bags.

Shipping data for the Cap-san-tainaro showed that after leaving Bueno Aires the ship made two stops in Brazil, first in Rio Grande and then Santos.

Previously The Witness revealed that, according to KZN Department of Community Safety and Liaison, that “most drugs” were “smuggled through Durban Harbour”.

The exporter of the dispensary equipment Coster — a transnational company with offices throughout the world including Bueno Aires, was asked if they were aware of the bust and to whom they were exporting the goods. Their head office in Italy had not responded by the time of going to press.

• jonathan.erasmus@witness.co.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.