Hawks bust man, 41, with drugs worth R5.2m

The Hawks arrive at Verulam Magistrate's court where suspects linked to ISIS are appearing. (Kaveel Singh, News24, Twitter)
The Hawks arrive at Verulam Magistrate's court where suspects linked to ISIS are appearing. (Kaveel Singh, News24, Twitter)

Johannesburg – A 41-year-old man has been arrested for drug possession after heroin with an estimated value of approximately R5.2m was found in a car that he was driving, the Hawks said on Thursday.

He was arrested in Roodepoort by the Hawks' South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (Saneb), said Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu.

"The members were on the beat on an unrelated investigation when they observed a suspect hastily getting out of a vehicle that had just parked at the Florida Junction parking lot.  The same suspect got into a different vehicle and drove off," he said.

He said this raised suspicion from the members.

"They immediately pursued the said vehicle and intercepted it shortly afterwards. A search of the said vehicle resulted in the recovery of drugs believed to be heroin concealed inside boxes," he said.

The suspect was then arrested immediately and both vehicles were impounded for further investigation, he said. 

"He is expected to appear at the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Friday," said Mulamu.

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