Cops seize drugs worth R5.5m in west coast bust

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Western Cape police have made a drug bust worth around R5.5 million, in the Namaqualand area.
Western Cape police have made a drug bust worth around R5.5 million, in the Namaqualand area.
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Western Cape police seized drugs worth around R5.5 million in a bust in Namaqualand, along the Cape's west coast.

It is understood that the drugs were destined for Cape Town.

Narcotics detectives in Vredendal followed a tip-off that a vehicle was transporting drugs in the area on Monday afternoon.

The vehicle was pulled over and, upon searching it, officers found a hidden compartment that contained the drugs.

Police found 8.98 kilogrammes of crystal meth, 2.08 kilogrammes of heroin and 3.26 kilogrammes of cocaine, police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said.

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"The monetary value of the consignment is estimated at R5.5 million," she added.

Two men, aged 39 and 32, have been arrested, as well as a 33-year-old woman. They face charges of dealing in drugs and possession of drugs and are expected to appear in the Klawer Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The bust follows a massive raid on the west coast in March in which officers seized a R583 million cocaine shipment.

In the operation, led by the Western Cape Organised Crime Narcotics Unit, officers descended on a shipping vessel off the coast of Saldanha.

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They found 973 blocks of compressed cocaine with an estimated value of R583 million in three compartments of the vessel.


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