Drug investigators and criminal intelligence agents have seized dozens of kilograms of heroin and crystal meth from an international drug smuggling syndicate outside of Johannesburg.
The drugs, which weighed around 75 kg, were estimated on the street to be worth around $12 million. R.
Officers from the SAPS Organized Crime Investigations Headquarters and Criminal Investigation Agents from the Transnational Drug Trafficking and Gangs Division were making the seizure along with members of the K9 West Rand unit when they were arrested a suspected drug dealer Tuesday afternoon on the N12 near Springs on the East Rand.
The suspect has been charged with drug trafficking and will appear in court soon.
Police sources say the suspect was arrested hours after entering South Africa from Mozambique.
A police officer whose name cannot be released as he is not authorized to speaking to the media said investigators had been monitoring the suspect for some time.
TimesLIVE understands that the suspect is allegedly linked to an Afghanistan-based drug syndicate specializing in smuggling narcotics Tanzania and Mozambique after SA.
The source said the heroin and crystal meth, which were packaged in 75 different packages, were hidden in built-in false compartments in the suspect’s Ford Ranger Bakkie.
“The suspect has been under surveillance for some time. We believe he is part of an international heroin and crystal meth smuggling syndicate taking the drugs to South Africa via the east coast of Africa.
“The drugs will be shipped to South Africa for consumption here and distribution to Europe brought to Australia.”
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