Hawks seize cocaine worth more than R240 million at Durban harbour

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Cocaine worth more than R240 million has been seized at Durban harbour.  (iStock)
Cocaine worth more than R240 million has been seized at Durban harbour. (iStock)

Drugs worth more than R240 million have been seized in a bust at Durban harbour.

In a statement on Tuesday, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Nomthandazo Mbambo said the Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation team found cocaine weighing more than 600kg on Thursday.

"The team received information about an MSC vessel that was sailing from South America to South Africa, transporting containers with wooden floorboards which had cocaine concealed within the consignment," said Mbambo.

"On arrival at the harbour, the containers were searched. It was discovered that between the boards, there were large black sports bags, each containing bricks of cocaine," said Mbambo.

No arrests were made, and the investigation was continuing, Mbambo added.

"I appreciate that the efforts of members of the DPCI (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, the Hawks) are disrupting the supply of drugs. With the cargo safely in good hands, we shall now be focussing on the perpetrators," Hawks head Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya said.

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