R3.3 million worth of mandrax seized


The Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) together with Crime Intelligence conducted an intelligence driven disruptive operation that yielded a discovery of Mandrax tablets worth nearly R3.3 million in Kraaifontein, Cape Town on Saturday.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the drugs were in transit from Gauteng to Cape Town transported by a truck. The Hawks led team spotted the truck off-loading boxes onto a private vehicle in Acacia street, Kraaifontein Industrial Area, the South African Police Service said.

Upon conducting a search, 73 packets were found, each containing 1000 Mandrax tablets. Two suspects aged 26 and 53 (drivers of both vehicles) were arrested. They are expected to appear at Kraaifontein Magistrate’s Court today.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, three suspects were arrested by the Hawks in partnership with Crime Intelligence, K9 unit as well as the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries last week Thursday for possession and transporting illegally poached abalone.

The multi-disciplinary team swiftly acted on information and intercepted two vehicles at Klapmuts headed towards Paarl on R44 near N1 transporting the abalone.

A search of the vehicle, members managed to confiscate almost 1011.8 kg of poached abalone worth over R1.5 million. The two vehicles have also been seized pending further investigations.