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News: Alleged smugglers of millions worth of cocaine arrested

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation


WESTERN CAPE – The extensive joint investigation by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Australian Federal Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation led to more arrests and seizure of property used in cocaine smuggling.  Eight arrested suspects will be appearing today in the Bellville Magistrates Court on preliminary charges of dealing in drugs.

On 2 June 2021, a suspect driving a bakkie pulling a trailer with a boat was arrested after 805 kilograms of cocaine were found concealed inside the hull of the ski-boat on the N1 highway in Pretoria. The drugs had an estimated value of R400 million. 

Eight further suspects who were identified as the members of an international drug trafficking organisation who are smuggling cocaine between South Africa and Brazil were arrested this morning after handing themselves over to the DPCI.

A bakkie, trailer, three boats and a rubber duck with a combined value of more than R18,6 million; seized drugs and cash that was seized from the suspect have been forfeited to the State. 

Sixteen more targets including an alleged kingpin who is also sought in Belgium have been identified. The investigation is ongoing.


Colonel Katlego Mogale
082 455 5782

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