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Some of the seized crystal meth. Photo: SAPS.

Truck driver arrested after being caught with tik worth R5.2 million

Crystal meth with a street value of R5.2 million was found in boxes unloaded from the truck in Hammarsdale, said the Hawks.

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Some of the seized crystal meth. Photo: SAPS.

A 33-year-old truck driver was arrested by members of the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks) in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday, 14 July.


Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said the Pietermaritzburg Serious Organised Crime unit and Hammarsdale police station received a tip-off about a truck that was unloading cargo at a warehouse in the area.

“They proceeded to the said warehouse and a search was conducted. Whilst opening boxes 35 kilograms of crystal meth with a street value of approximately R5.2 million was found,” said Mhlongo.

The truck driver was arrested and charged with drug dealing. He is expected to appear before the Hammarsdale Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

In an unrelated incident, a 44-year-old truck driver and another suspect were arrested in the Northern and Western Cape, respectively, this week in connection with a khat drug bust.

As previously reported, the arrests came after Crime Intelligence Counter Narcotics in Kimberley received information about a truck that was transporting the drugs from Gauteng to Cape Town via the Northern Cape city.