National Hawks head Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya welcomed the arrest of three suspects transporting heroin worth R87.5 million in Hluhluwe in KwaZulu-Natal.
In a statement, officers from the Richards Bay Serious Organised Investigation, in collaboration with their Mpumalanga Crime Intelligence counterparts, discovered the 342,5kg consignment when they intercepted a truck.
The powder, reads the statement, was inside what they believed to be a purpose built hide in a truck, coming from Mozambique via Swaziland to KwaZulu-Natal.
“The truck was intercepted in Hluhluwe and the team immediately started with the search. Almost 250 packets of heroin were found hidden in a false partition, which was newly painted. Members had to cut open the compartment in order to access the drugs,” said the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal.
The driver and two passengers were placed under arrest. They will appear in court soon.
Welcoming the arrests, Lebeya said arrest and seizure of the drugs, which would have generated a hefty profit for criminals involved in the drug supply.
“It is worrisome to imagine how many lives were going to be wasted through addiction and crime triggered by the use of these hard core dependence producing substances,” he said.