drugs seized R75 million

Police seized drugs worth approximately R75 million in Mpumalanga. Image: SAPS.

Busted! Foreign national caught with drugs worth R75 million

A 49-year-old foreign national was arrested after he was caught with drugs worth approximately R75 million in Mpumalanga.

drugs seized R75 million

Police seized drugs worth approximately R75 million in Mpumalanga. Image: SAPS.

A 49-year-old foreign national is expected to appear before the Carolina Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 19 July 2023 after he was caught transporting drugs worth approximately R75 million.

The suspect was arrested on Sunday, 16 July.


The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation’s South African Narcotic Bureau reportedly received information from Witrivier K9 on a truck that could possibly be ferrying illegal drugs. 

Hawks’ Secunda SANEB with the assistance of Elukwatini Local Criminal Record Centre, Elukwatini Fire Department and SAPS Badplaas pulled the identified truck over and it was escorted back to the station. 

The fire department reportedly assisted with opening the concealed compartment where 250 x 1kg heroin bricks with an estimated street value of R75 million were discovered.

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drugs seized R75 million
The drugs inside the truck. Image: SAPS.

DPCI Head, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya said the drug bust was as a result of Trilateral Planning Cell (TPC) which is a team established by the ministries responsible for policing of the Republics of South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania, to counter heroin trafficking through the Southern Route.

The drugs which were destined for the international market were coming from Mozambique.

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The 49-year-old suspect will appear in the Carolina Magistrates’ court on 19 July 2023, on charges of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute.

The Hawks said an investigation is also underway to determine how the truck managed to enter South Africa without being thoroughly checked at the border.

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