Hard work pays off

2014-06-26 00:00

THE carefully orchestrated raid that netted the largest ever drug seizure in the country was over in minutes, but was the product of weeks of planning.

The dramatic culmination saw police with assault rifles and clad in blackened Kevlar storm the drug compound in the centre of one of Durban’s premier neighbourhoods.

The silence of Everton Road was briefly disturbed as officers shunted a heavy perimeter gate off its rails and silently filtered into the compound.

Swiftly penetrating each building, the tactical police unit found the chemists hard at work in the retrofitted heroin production plant.

Caught unaware, the startled men found themselves trained in the crosshairs of police.

As a small army of detectives and forensic investigators streamed in and out of the plush home, the three men sat in a corner handcuffed and covered with a blanket.

Speaking at a press conference at the drug den yesterday, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said that crime intelligence officers had gathered evidence of the syndicate’s operation. “After gathering enough intelligence, the members decided to operationalise the information. Relevant units were summoned for back-up and these members proceeded to the premises in the Kloof area.

“Upon searching the premises, they found three men in the premises, then discovered 50 kg bags of suspected pure heroin powder as well as industrial manufacturing machines, scale and containers. We are still counting these 50 kg bags but at the last count, we had counted more than 200 bags. The total estimated value is worth more than R3 billion,” she added.

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