South Africa: Hawks seize R8 million worth of cocaine in Pietermaritzburg bust

The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit in Pietermaritzburg seized a massive shipment of cocaine on Wednesday.

KZN Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Simphiwe Mhlongo said they seized 20 bricks of cocaine in one of the industrial parks near Pietermaritzburg.

Mhlongo said members received information about a truck that was carrying a chemical crop sprayer tractor from Durban Harbour to Free State province.

He said a disruptive operation was swiftly conducted and members proceeded to the said industrial park.

“The said truck was traced and found stationary.

“A search was conducted and members found 20 bricks of cocaine hidden inside the chemical sprayer bin. Detailed statement was obtained from the driver and no arrest has been made at this stage. Investigation continues,” said Mhlongo.

The KwaZulu-Natal Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Provincial Head, Major General Lesetja Senona welcomed the seizure and congratulated the members for the good work.

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