Durban - Australian border police are trying to establish how cocaine valued at around than R1.4 billion was shipped from South Africa to their country earlier this week.
Security seized 384 kilograms of cocaine in what is being called the biggest single drug bust in the history of Australian federal police.
The drugs were allegedly concealed in a yellow Cat excavator which was shipped from SA. However, police have not been able to pinpoint exactly where in SA the machine was sent from.
According to the Australian border force, a joint operation commenced with partners from NSW Police, the AFP’s national anti-gangs squad, Australian border force and other partners.
In June, Australian border force (ABF) officers intercepted a second-hand excavator which had recently arrived from South Africa. The excavator was X-rayed at the Sydney Container Examination Facility and anomalies were identified in the X-ray image.