South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) has busted a storage facility and confiscated bundles of compressed marijuana in Cape Town. Photo: The Hawks
South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) has busted a storage facility and confiscated bundles of compressed marijuana in Cape Town. Photo: The Hawks

Hawks seize drugs worth over R2 million in Cape Town

By Robin-Lee Francke Time of article published Sep 30, 2020

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Cape Town – Two suspects are set to appear in court on Wednesday after South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) dismantled a drug network and seized R2 million worth of drugs.

A statement released by Hawks spokeswoman Zinzi Hani said a joint operation by the directorate’s South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) and Crime Intelligence led to the arrest of the pair in Cape Town on Monday.

The suspects, aged 41 and 44, were arrested while transporting an assortment of drugs from a storage facility.

“The joint team acted on information about a consignment of drugs at the storage facility; whilst conducting waylay duties, another suspect was spotted loading three boxes into his vehicle,” Hani said.

As officers searched a vehicle in which three boxes were loaded, they found compressed marijuana in the containers, prompting the team to search the storage unit where 14 bales as well as 18 striped bags of compressed dagga with an estimated street value of approximately R2 million was found.

The first suspect was then arrested.

Three boxes of compressed marijuana were found in one suspect’s vehicle. Photo: The Hawks

Hani said the second suspect was spotted near the storage facility and also nabbed.

“A subsequent police search of his vehicle uncovered further heroin worth R60 000. The assortment of drugs as well as the two suspects’ vehicles were seized for further investigation,” Hani said.

The two suspects were set to appear in the Philippi Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and would be charged with dealing in drugs, she added.

African News Agency (ANA)

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