34 drug mules nabbed in CT in 2011

2012-01-12 14:18

Cape Town - Police arrested 34 drug mules and confiscated drugs with an estimated street value of R7.5m at Cape Town International Airport in 2011, Western Cape police said on Thursday.

Captain FC Van Wyk said the most common drugs found at the airport were cocaine, tik and khat.

"Khat is often brought in by Somalis who pack the plants in their suitcases," he said.

"The plants often go unnoticed because the monitors normally check for explosive devices, not drugs."

Van Wyk said the police had stepped up their campaign to halt drug trafficking during 2011.

The campaign included the use of narcotic dogs and specially trained police officers able to spot mules.

Drug trafficking presentations to airport staff, schools, NGOs and churches to prevent the influx of drugs into the province also formed part of the campaign, he said.

  • DieSeL - 2012-01-12 14:34

    Bravo! Well done! @ GTR - that's a very closed minded thing to say... Have you seen "banged up abroad" or "boarder partol" on dstv? drug mules come in all colours...

      DieSeL - 2012-01-12 14:38

      border "patrol"...

      nasheenar - 2012-01-12 16:20

      Well done western cape police, now let them into china with their drugs.

      John - 2012-02-08 09:45

      @nasheenar, yep we are waiting for them in Thailand.

  • Siso - 2012-01-12 14:37

    Again, a very job well done to the police. Clearly these drug mules will never learn, I thought that drugs reports, and articles for the past weeks will taught them a lesson. There's really no shortcuts in life. Keep up the good work SAPS..

      Squeegee - 2012-01-12 14:56

      The real question is: how many got through? There are thousands of addicts that purchace drugs every day - all of them have to be brought in or manufactured locally depending on the type. The collective value must be in the Billions - this makes the R7m insignificant.

      Walter - 2012-01-12 15:02

      @Claudette: Yes, it is great one mule got caught approx. every 10 days, but how many did get through daily (judging by the amount that is available, lots!)? Often, inexperienced mules are used as 'decoys' that professionals get through easily. Personally, I think that drugs should get legalized (I do not take any drugs, except wine) and young people in particular better educated about the negative effects (of taking drugs).

  • Eduard - 2012-01-12 14:52

    @GTR You are short sighted for making a statement like that You must love the 80's, brandy and coke, chop and wors, pony tail hair, have grease under your finger nails and only just passed matrix...right?

  • Louise - 2012-01-12 14:59

    TRAIN the monitors - there is no excuse any longer for drugs coming in!

  • sachasea - 2012-01-12 15:02

    Probably a tiny and rather insignificant drop in the ocean when compared to all the thousands of people who manage to make it through customs undetected. Decriminalize and regulate and stop wasting precious police resources enforcing laws that infringe on an individual's right to take whatever substance they so choose in the privacy of their own home as long as they are not causing harm to anyone else. When will the madness and hypocrisy that is the 'War on Drugs' come to an end? There are far more worthwhile and just battles to be won.

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-12 15:09

    Okay, now what about the Drug Lords? The drug Cartels in our country? They are not South Africans, so why must we, The citizens of S.A. be blamed for everything? Regardless of our skin color we are South Africans and must fight the bastards and claim our Country.

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-01-12 15:44

    An analysist said something quite profound last year upon the release of the crime stats. He said the fact that the stats involving narcotics had gone up from years gone by was an excellent thing. How so? Well drug crimes are not crimes reported at police stations like rape, theft, burglary, assault, etc. Any recorded case is purely as a result of the police force's efforts. The increase in the number of cases means that there's an increased police focus on drug crimes, and this should be applauded.

  • mnikeb - 2012-01-12 15:47

    Let the gov set tough rules and deal with this behavior. We can't visit overseas without being suspects. This must stop now. Our African brothers came to our Land and corrupt our people. Lets fight this pandemic and hope that we will win the fight before our own families are trapped into this life style.

  • lynette.hugo - 2012-01-12 15:49

    And nobody was caught in johburg and the westrand, its hell out there.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-12 16:00

    shoot them

  • Tyla - 2012-01-12 16:04

    they don't learn, do they?

  • Freddy - 2012-01-12 16:34

    bravo get harder on those guys!!!!

  • thozi - 2012-01-12 17:36

    ... and how many of those have been shipped off to China to 'undergo' the administration of justice?

      thozi - 2012-01-12 18:44

      OK, I see thumbs down. That means the majority of those busted are, as usual, our depraved friends, the Nigerians.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-01-13 07:00

    Cant we start charging Drug mules and Dealers with attempted murder??? I mean they are killing people...

      Belinda - 2012-02-08 13:58

      then we must charge South African Breweries and all bottle stores with murder and attempted murder, spousal battery, child abuse, job loss, financial ruin, etc etc. People make the choice to drink or do drugs. The only difference is that alcohol is legal but by no means innocent. Ultimately its the user who creates the demand and no one holds them down and forces them. It's a catch-22

  • Belinda - 2012-02-08 13:19

    If people didn't create a demand there'd be no trafficking. How about instead of screaming 'damn them drug mules" we start saying "damn them users" because they are the centre point and the root cause of this problem. Same as it was in the USA in the 1930's with bootlegging of illegal alcohol and for the very same reason (arrests, deaths, bloodshed) the USA legalised alcohol in 1933. Drugs are next.

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