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R200 Million cocaine bust in Johannesburg, four arrested

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the National Commissioner


PRETORIA - The police vehicle from SAPS Booysen responded swiftly to a complaint of suspected hijacked cargo truck at Aeroton business premises in Johannesburg. Upon arrival, police found a black Nissan bakkie parked with 23 big bags containing cocaine with the estimated street value of R200 million.

Upon interviewing the driver of the bakkie, it was discovered that he is a police warrant officer attached to Zonkezizwe Police Station and that the bakkie is a State vehicle. He was placed under arrest on the scene together with his three accomplices, another police warrant officer attached to National Investigative Unit, a Gauteng chief traffic officer and a civilian.

Police seized 552 bricks of cocaine, four vehicles, a grey BMW including three State vehicles (VW GTI, Kia Cerato and Nissan bakkie) as well as R60 000 in cash.

It is reported that the cargo truck which was traveling from Durban Harbour was followed by the suspects’ vehicles from N3 near Leondale to its destination in Aeroton warehouse. At the warehouse, suspects removed the consignment from the truck and loaded into the bakkie. On duty police officials intercepted the suspects’ vehicle as they were about to flee the scene.

The suspects aged between 35 and 42 will be appearing in the Booysens Magistrates Court facing charges that include robbery, dealing in drugs and defeating the ends of justice on Monday, 12 July 2021.



Colonel Brenda Muridili
071 686 9425


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