Mon. Jan 18th, 2021

Hawks trace R6.3 million worth of ecstasy to Durbanville home

A container holding ecstasy docked at the Cape Town Harbour. A 30-year-old man has since been arrested at his home in Durbanville.

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South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) cracked down on a house in Durbanville, Cape Town found to be linked to a R6.3 million shipment of ecstasy that docked at Cape Town Harbour. 

According to police, the haul of drugs was hidden in a consignment of furniture. 

MAN ARRESTED FOR ECSTASY SHIPMENT

A 30-year-old man was arrested on Thursday 14 May at his home in Durbanville following a joint intelligence-driven operation led by the Hawks’ Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB), Crime Intelligence and SARS Custom Officials.

The joint team found a container shipment loaded with MDMA — otherwise known as ecstasy powder — worth an estimated R6.3 million. They also found ecstasy tablets valued at R70 000. The shipment led the team to a house in Durbanville.

 “[It was] concealed within a consignment of furniture at Cape Town Harbour,” said Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase. 

“This shipment was allegedly destined for a residence in Durbanville from Europe. During the search at the house, the joint team confiscated approximately 1kg of Hydroponic Cannabis with an estimated street value of R120 000, as well as equipment used for the cultivation of Hydroponic Cannabis,” added Nkwalase. 

The Acting Provincial Head of the Hawks in Western Cape, Brigadier Mushavhaduvha Ramovha commended the joint team for uncovering a consignment of drugs. He further encouraged a multidisciplinary approach as the only way to curb the prevalence of drugs in the Western Cape province.

The case against the suspect is expected to be heard at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday 18 May. 

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DRUGS STASHED IN BREAD TRUCK 

On 17 April SAPS members found a bread truck stashed with drugs on the N2 highway near Plettenberg Bay. 

The illicit shipment of the drug khat was heading for the Western Cape when intercepted. Police arrested the driver of the truck and a passenger.

“Vigilant members of the police were busy with routine checks at a roadblock when they stopped a white Hyundai ten-ton truck that was en-route from the Eastern Cape,” said a SAPS statement. 

“Upon searching the vehicle, they found a box and plastic bag containing 70 bundles of Khat with an estimated street value of R4 500 behind the front seat. The police confiscated the drugs and arrested the driver as well as his passenger,” it said. 

The suspects appeared in the Plettenberg Bay Magistrate’s Court on Friday 17 April on charges relating to the dealing of drugs.

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