A 30-year-old man has been arrested in Durbanville, Cape Town after authorities discovered an illicit drug shipment worth about R6,3 million in a container at Cape Town Harbour.
In an intelligence-driven operation, a multi-agency team consisting of members of the Hawks narcotics enforcement bureau, police crime intelligence and Sars custom officials tracked the consignment which arrived in a container from Europe.
The contraband, including MDMA (a recreational drug also known as ecstasy) powder worth R6.3m and tablets worth another R70,000 was discovered hidden in wooden furniture.
Hawks spokesperson Lt-Col Philani Nkwalase said the shipment was allegedly destined for a house in Durbanville, a middle-class suburb in the north of the Cape Town metropolitan area.
“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,” said Nkwalase. “The acting provincial head of the Hawks in the Western Cape, Brig Mushavhaduvha Ramovha, commended the joint team for uncovering a consignment of drugs.”
The 30-year-old suspect is expected to appear in the Cape Town magistrate’s court on Monday.