Drug den bust

2016-03-02 06:00
Photo: supplied Some of the recovered heroin.

Photo: supplied Some of the recovered heroin.

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EIGHT people were arrested and heroin to the value of R18 million was recovered on Thursday, 25 February when the eThekwini Inner South Crime Intelligence together with members of Hawks South Africa raided a suspected "drug den" in Shakas Head.

The Crime Intelligence team conducted their operation after receiving information from a registered source that a drug dealer from the Chatsworth area, was an "owner" of the lab which was producing heroin capsules, located on Falcon Road, Acacia Park, Shakas Head.

The building was allegedly a storage facility for a commodity broker. The Crime Intelligence team seized all exhibits from the lab and arrested eight suspects while in the process of capping the capsules. Recovery from the lab included 14 kilograms of Black Tar Heroin (uncut heroin) to the value of R18 million, as well as machines used to cap the capsules to the value of R1 million, the team also recovered 385000 capsules which had been produced. It is believed that workers in the lab threw the powdered drugs in the air to evade arrest when the officers entered the premises. eThekwini Inner South Cluster Commander, Brigadier K Nunkumar commended members of the Crime Intelligence team on their dedicated effort put into closing down the drug dealing lab. “eThekwini Inner South Cluster will be clamping down on drug dealing in Chatsworth and the surrounding areas”, he said. According to Hawks spokesman Lieutenant Robert Netshiunda five of the arrested suspects were Zimbabwean nationals. They will appear in the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court shortly.

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