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HAWKS recovers 600 kg of cocaine in Durban harbour

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (HAWKS)

PRETORIA – The Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation team recovered a huge cache of cocaine on 25 November 2021.

The team received information about the MSC vessel that was sailing from the South America to South Africa transporting containers with wooden flooring boards which cocaine had concealed within the consignment.

On arrival, the container was searched. It was discovered that between the boards, there was large black sports bags, each with bricks of cocaine.  The drugs weighed 600 kilograms with an estimated street value of R240 million.

No arrests were made at this stage pending the ongoing investigation.

The Hawks' National Head, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya is pleased with the seizure and said "I appreciate the efforts by the members of the DPCI in disrupting the supply of the drugs.

With the cargo safely in good hands, we shall now be focussing on the perpetrators.

I have further appointed a team on the recommendation of the Deputy National Head to cover ground in dealing with the drugs that were stolen in a burglary incident".


Brigadier Nomthandazo Mbambo
082 455 6030