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Cape traffic officers confiscate illegal drugs, marine life worth R34.3 million

Traffic officers confiscated a large haul of contraband worth millions between March last year and April this year. Picture: Supplied

Traffic officers confiscated a large haul of contraband worth millions between March last year and April this year. Picture: Supplied

Published Dec 10, 2021

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Cape Town - Traffic officers confiscated a large haul of contraband worth millions between March last year and April this year.

In all, R16 953 233 worth of abalone, R1 563 650 of illicit cigarettes and liquor, R8 488 390 of dagga; R7 218 900 of mandrax, R5 000 of cocaine and illegal goods, and R23 175 of methamphetamine (tik) was confiscated.

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Community safety standing committee chairperson in the legislature, Reagen Allen said Western Cape provincial traffic law enforcement confiscated illegal drugs and marine life worth an estimated street value of R34 260 248 between April last year and March this year.

“The substantial achievement in confiscating illegal items demonstrates operational agility when considering the challenges presented by the first half of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He also a said a wide range of technology improvements took place.

“In total, 176 patrol vehicles were upgraded with new technologies in addition to the 540 hand-held devices replaced by newer models. Officers were able to detect documentation fraud more easily and arrested 141 people as a result,” Allen said.

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