Suspect arrested after cocaine haul found in container

PRETORIA – A container truck loaded with cocaine worth over R30.4 million was intercepted en-route to Cape Town.

Lieutenant General Philani Nkwalase, police spokesperson, says the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) acted swiftly on information and intercepted the truck at a petrol station on the N1 in the early hours of Sunday.

“A search of the container ensued in earnest and members managed to seize a total of 38 cocaine wrapped packages weighting 1kg each.  A 37-year-old suspect was arrested and a vehicle used to collect the drugs was also seized,” confirms Nkwalase.

Preliminary investigations have established that the container came from abroad and transited through different provinces before making its way to Cape Town.

Lt. gnrl. Godfrey Lebeya, national head of SANEB, has applauded the team for the arrest and drug seizure.

“This haul and many others that have been recently confiscated shows that the supply chains of organised criminal groups have been severed. May I also call upon the community not to support organised criminal groups by purchasing drugs as this demand will encourage the syndicates to find new ways of providing these dangerous substances,” says Lebeya.

Meanwhile, the suspect is expected to appear in the Blue Downs Magistrates Court on Tuesday.  

The truck that was used to transport the cocaine.

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