Fifteen arrested, drugs and R4m cash seized during raid
An early morning raid in East London on Thursday led to the arrest of 15 people. Drugs with a street value of R3.5m, as well as R4m in cash, were among some of the things that were seized.
Sixteen search warrants were carried out in four East London suburbs - Vergenoeg, Parkside, Bramley, Buffalo Flats and a farm in Kei Road - during a joint operation conducted by the Hawks and the SA Police Service.
Out of the 16 search warrants, recoveries were made at nine addresses, said the Hawks and SAPS in a joint statement.
At one of the locations, R3m in cash was found stashed away in a vehicle. This led the team to Kei Road, where Mandrax with a street value of almost R1.6m was found inside a trailer which had a concealed compartment to store and move drugs.
Two people were arrested.
In another raid in Buffalo Flats, police seized R1.3m in cash, two money counting machines and at least 2 800 Mandrax tablets with a street value of about R1.6m.
A total of 15 people were charged with dealing in drugs, possession of suspected stolen items and possession of drugs.
Other drugs seized were: Cocaine rocks, dagga, tik straws and 41 test tubes, and a total of 54 378 Mandrax tablets with a street value of more than R3.2m.
Some R4 300 392 in cash was also seized and is believed to be the proceeds of crime.
Two cocaine weighing scales, two money counting machines, computers, two cars and two quad bikes were also seized.
National police commissioner Riah Phiyega congratulated the team on the operation.
"The fact that this operation resulted in such a significant seizure of drugs and cash shows the excellent work the police are doing to reduce the influx of drugs in our communities," she said.
"Criminals need to know that drug activities will not be tolerated in our communities and the results of these operations go a long way in sending that message."
Acting Hawks head Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza said it was a major breakthrough and a good example of what could be achieved.
"Our multifaceted approach involving intelligence gathering, enhanced law enforcement, prevention and intervention, will make a real difference in cracking down on the manufacturing and supply of illicit drugs," he said.
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