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Cops discover biggest tik lab in the history of the Eastern Cape in East London

Oct 30, 2017
Cops discover biggest tik lab in the history of the Eastern Cape in East London

An intelligence driven joint operation between the Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) and Crime Intelligence led to the discovery of the biggest tik manufacturing lab in the history of the Eastern Cape.

"The lab situated in Southerwood, East London was uncovered at about 7am on Sunday," described police spokesperson, Captain Anelisa Feni. 

"Numerous containers that housed approximately 200 litres of chemicals which are believed to be used in the manufacturing of tik were confiscated. Furthermore, Hawks and Crime Intelligence seized tik worth about R30 million."

She said that a 31-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with this crime.

"Investigations are continuing and more suspects are expected to be arrested."

The suspect is expected to appear before the East London Magistrate court on Monday.

This is the second lab which the Hawks and Crime Intelligence have uncovered in the East London area this month. The first one was discovered on Tuesday at Vincent, East London.

"There members found equipment and chemicals used in the manufacturing of tik," said Captain Feni.

The Eastern Cape Provincial Commander for the Serious Organised Crime unit of the Hawks, Brigadier Gops Govender, appreciated the excellent working relationship between the Hawks and Crime Intelligence and added that it played a key role in dismantling the biggest drug lab in the history of the Eastern Cape.

“We also want to thank the community for working closely with members because their participation is vital in the war against drugs. This should send out a clear message to all drug manufacturers."

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