The Mercury

Man at border with drugs worth R32m


A 63-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested at the Lebombo border post as he allegedly attempted to smuggle drugs from Mozambique into the country.

Mpumalanga police spokespers­on Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said the Mozambican national was scheduled to appear in the Komatipoor­t Magistrate’s Court today facing charges of possession of drugs. “According to informatio­n received, the suspect was travelling from Mozambique to South Africa when his vehicle was stopped for processing by members from the SAPS and the SA Revenue Service’s (Sars) customs unit during a joint routine operation,” said Hlathi.

He said that when the man’s vehicle, a double-cab bakkie, was searched, 136kg of suspected heroin as well as 19kg of suspected crystal meth worth a combined value of about R32 million was allegedly found.

“The drugs were stashed underneath charcoal which was loaded at the back of the bakkie.”

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