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R15 million worth of cocaine seized at Richards Bay port

Police have confiscated R15-million worth of cocaine at a port in KwaZulu-Natal.

Several international and local authorities, including the Hawks, SA Revenue Service, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seized the drugs on Monday.

The ship was traveling from Columbia to Richards Bay and was also carrying iron.

R15 million worth of cocaine seized at Richards Bay port

“An enquiry was registered and a disruptive operation was planned. A search was conducted upon arrival of the vessel and during the search blocks of cocaine to the street value of R15 million were found,” KZN Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Simphiwe Mhlongo said.

No arrests made

Mhlongo said while preliminary investigations were conducted and evidence collected, no arrests have yet been made.

R15 million worth of cocaine seized at Richards Bay port

KZN Hawks head Head, Major General (Dr) Lesetja Senona said he was grateful the drugs had been ceased before they entered SA streets.

“The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) would like to thank all role players who participated in this operation, especially the external stakeholders who ensured that these drugs did not land in the streets of this country. We will continue to work together with other internal stakeholders to track and trace the perpetrators involved in this drug trafficking”.

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