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File Photo - Four suspects will appear in the Mokopane Magistrates Court on charges of possession and dealing in cocaine.

A Porsche headlight, the post office, the UK and cocaine were all elements in an elaborate drug-trafficking operation foiled by the Hawks on Friday.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said a group comprising two Nigerian men and two SA sisters pretended to be motor mechanics expecting the delivery of a spare part from the UK.

“The Hawks in Limpopo had received information that there was a suspicious parcel which had been posted from Ocean Queen, St Vincent, in the UK,” said Mulaudzi.

The police tracked the parcel, which contained a light fitting for a Porsche inside a box.

“Shortly after the parcel arrived on Friday at Mogoto post office in Zebediela, with police closely monitoring its whereabouts, two South African sisters collected the parcel, with the two men waiting outside.”

As soon as the women stepped out of the building with the parcel, police officers apprehended them.

“All four suspects were arrested on the spot and police recovered cocaine estimated to have a street value of R100 000 stashed inside the headlight,” said Mulaudzi.

The four suspects were due to appear in the Mokopane Magistrate’s Court on Monday, facing charges of possession and dealing in cocaine.

yusuf.omar@inl.co.za

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