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Another massive consignment of drugs worth R65 Million seized

Media Statement
South African Police Service

GQEBERHA - Another consignment of drugs have been seized by police. This time, at a sea port in Gqeberha. The cocaine worth a street value of R65 million was seized on a vessel that had entered the country from Brazil.

Members of the Gqerberha Sea Port were following up on intelligence when they intercepted the vessel as it was docking on Thursday, 02 November 2023, and found 35 blocks of cocaine that were compressed in blocks.

No arrests have been made thus far and police are investigating a case of trafficking of drugs.

This is the police’s third ‘massive’ drug bust in a space of three weeks. The other two drug busts were in KwaZulu-Natal where police seized cocaine worth R150 million.

The National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Fannie Masemola has commended the team for the latest bust and police across the country for clamping down on all forms of criminality.

“Intelligence is at work, our members are on the ground throughout the country, clamping down on all forms of criminality. Day in day out we continue to confiscate large quantities of these drugs, SA is not a playground for criminals”, said Gen Masemola.

Through OPERATION SHANELA, police have in the last six months arrested more than 200 000 suspects for various crimes ranging from murder to rape.


Brigadier Athlenda Mathe
082 040 8808


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