The suspects arrested during a massive cocaine bust in Saldanha could face more charges.
The 10 were on board a fishing vessel that was carrying 973 blocks of compressed cocaine valued at over R500 million.
The bust was made on Monday night and the foreigners appeared in the Vredenburg Magistrates Court on Thursday.
#sapsHQ National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla Sitole has lauded the police in Western Cape for seizing cocaine valued at over R500 million from a fishing vessel on the Saldana coast on the evening of 1 March 2021. TM pic.twitter.com/aMABtF1mNh
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) March 2, 2021
The 10 accused were charged with dealing in drugs or, illegal drug possession.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said that more charges are likely to be added as the investigation continued.
Four of the accused were from Bulgaria and six were from Myanmar.
The NPA said that some of the Bulgarian nationals understood English a bit but when the defence tried to consult with those from Myanmar, they did not appear to be able to follow proceedings in English.
The defence has asked the State to organize interpreters to ensure that their rights were protected.
The case has been postponed to 12 March.
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