Drugs shipment from Europe traced from Cape Town harbour to a Durbanville home

PRETORIA – A 30-year-old suspect was arrested yesterday at his home in Durbanville, Cape Town, following a joint intelligence driven operation led by the Hawks’ Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB), Crime Intelligence and SARS Custom Officials.

The joint team tracked a container shipment loaded with MDMA (ecstasy powder) worth an estimated R6.3 million and ecstasy tablets valued of R70 000-00 concealed within a consignment of furniture at Cape Town Harbour.

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 000-00, as well as equipment used for the cultivation of Hydroponic Cannabis.

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 our province.

The case against the suspect is expected to be heard at Cape Town Magistrates Court on Monday, 18 May 2020.

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