Meth haul: Tik worth R7 million seized in Cape Town drug bust

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Approximately 20kg of tik seized by police in Killarney Gardens, Milnerton in Cape Town.
Approximately 20kg of tik seized by police in Killarney Gardens, Milnerton in Cape Town.
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  • Two people have been arrested in a R7 million drug bust in Cape Town.
  • Police seized 20kg of tik in the raid in Killarney Gardens.
  • The suspects will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court.


Two people were arrested in a tik (crystal methamphetamine) bust in Cape Town on Thursday night, Western Cape police said.

The raid in Killarney Gardens, Milnerton yielded 11 bags of the drug, weighing approximately 20kg.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said the drugs were found during an operation by the Crime Intelligence unit and the provincial integrated task team on Thursday.

SEE: PICS | Man arrested at Lebombo border post for allegedly trying to smuggle tik worth R7.2m into SA

They were stashed at one of the units in the Baltimore Park business centre, which houses several small businesses.

The suspects, a 24-year-old man and 29-year-old woman, are due to appear in a court in Cape Town soon.

Police estimated the street value to be around R7 million.

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According to the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, the methamphetamine market in South Africa is worth $955 million (about R14bn) a year.

In a recent report on drug trafficking and markets, they found that it is available for retail purchase and use in every country of eastern and southern Africa and is being manufactured here in increasing volumes for domestic consumption and feeding into international supply chains.

They also found that in many places, it displaced cannabis in African drug markets.

"Meth is used as a currency to be exchanged for other illicit goods, as well as being a substance for personal consumption," researchers found.

The report continued: 

The growth of meth, more than any other illicit substance, appears to be a representative consequence of the continued struggle for capitalist modernity amid intersecting and competing structures and systems of increasingly autocratic governance and illiberal reform that continue across the continent.

"The growing proliferation of meth results as much from chronic inequitable development as it does from organised criminal entrepreneurship."

They found that it is quickly filling deteriorating spaces in marginalised communities looking for socio-economic development.

The plight of the marginalised was exacerbated by the measures put in place to manage the spread of Covid-19.


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