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SAPS uncovers massive R2 billion drug lab

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Minister of Police, Senzo Mchunu, applauded an operation by a joint team of Limpopo Hawks and Limpopo SAPS. The operation resulted in four arrests...

CTF 150’s HMS Diamond intercepts 2.4 tonnes of hashish in Arabian...

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The Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond D34, which is currently operating in support of the Command Task Force (CTF) 150, in the...

Drugs worth over R6 million seized during April Operation Corona patrols

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SA Army soldiers posted on KwaZulu-Natal’s borders with Eswatini and Mozambique prevented over R5.5 million worth of illegal drugs from reaching South African users...

CTF 150 concludes successful drug intervention off African coast

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The Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), operating in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman,...

Cocaine worth R15 million found on vessel in Richards Bay port

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Blocks of cocaine with a street value of R15 million were found on a vessel travelling from Colombia at the Richards Bay Port of...

EU-Seychelles accord could slow Indian Ocean drug trade

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In October 2023, Seychelles and the European Union (EU) agreed to allow the EU Naval Force to transfer suspected drugs and weapons traffickers in...

CMF Task Force 150 seizes illegal drugs in Arabian Sea

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A US Coast Guard cutter, operating with Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Task Force 150 in the Arabian Sea, has seized well over a ton...

Big cocaine busts off African coast for French Navy

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The French Navy has seized over ten tons of cocaine in two operations off the west coast of Africa, in line with an increase...

Drugs seized at OR Tambo airport

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Customs officers of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) have seized 23 kg of narcotics disguised as moulded artwork with an estimated street value...

SA police make R150 million cocaine bust at Durban Harbour

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KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has commended the successful operation by a multi-disciplinary team of police intelligence and border agents at the Port of Durban...

Five suspects arrested for drug trafficking, including ACSA employees

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Five suspects have been arrested for drug trafficking, contravention of the Civil Aviation Act and contravention of the Customs and Excise Act in a...

SAPS destroy drugs worth R800 million in Gauteng operation

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) have destroyed drugs worth R800 million during policing operations in Johannesburg, on Thursday.   National Commissioner of the South African...

Multiple big drug seizures recorded in the Arabian Sea

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A Royal Navy frigate in the Arabian Sea has seized $6 million worth of hashish while a US Coast Guard cutter has seized $80...

Combined Maritime Forces seizes $23 million in illegal drugs in Indian...

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A partner-nation warship operating in support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 has seized illegal drugs worth a total estimated US street value of...

Multinational approach delivering results in countering smuggling in Arabian Sea

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Despite the growing effectiveness of maritime operations along the route from Iran to Yemen, drug and weapons trafficking remains a serious threat with consequences...

US Coast Guard cutter interdicts illegal drugs shipment in Arabian Sea

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A US Coast Guard ship seized illegal drugs with a street value of $20 million from a fishing vessel with four mariners transiting international...

French warship seizes illegal drugs in North Arabian Sea

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A French warship has seized illegal drugs worth a total estimated US street value of $24 million from a fishing vessel transiting international waters...

SARS seizes R5 mn worth of Mandrax manufacturing substance

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South African Revenue Service (SARS) Customs officers have seized a substance used to manufacture the drug Mandrax. This seizure happened while the officers where inspecting...

Massive drug bust for US Navy in the Gulf of Aden

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The US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze has seized an estimated $20 million worth of illegal drugs from a fishing vessel while patrolling the...

SAPS seize R18 mn assets, more suspects arrested in drugs haul...

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Western Cape has seized assets valued at over R18 million owned by suspects linked to a...

Another big drug bust for HMS Montrose

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The Royal Navy warship HMS Montrose has seized another massive drug haul off the Middle East, intercepting 870 kg of crystal methamphetamine from a...

SARS seizes crystal meth worth R236 million

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Customs officers at the weekend pounced on a 785 kg crystal meth consignment valued at R236 million at the OR Tambo International Airport, said...

Three nabbed for cocaine consignment worth millions

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The Hawks, together with Crime Intelligence and Western Cape Traffic, on Thursday arrested three men for the possession of a cocaine consignment worth an...

Why US-Kenya cooperation on wildlife and drug trafficking matters

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Kenya and the United States have worked very closely against terrorism since the targeting of the American embassy in Nairobi in 1998 by Al-Qaeda....

More huge drug busts in the Gulf of Oman

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United States and Royal Navy vessels have seized two large drug shipments in the Gulf of Oman as part of Combined Task Force (CTF)...

Indian Ocean Commission helps Africa’s island states fight sea crime

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The Baba Ali, a Seychellois fishing vessel, was passing through the Seychelles exclusive economic zone (EEZ) when authorities intercepted it in May 2021. Through an...

Drug cartels target West Africa as vital route to move cocaine

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Cabo Verdean police intercepted a boat in early April suspected to be involved with international drug trafficking. The Brazilian boat contained more than 5...

US, Cabo Verde authorities interdict large cocaine shipment

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US Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines embarked aboard US Navy Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4), with support from the Environmental...

SARS Customs seize drug powder worth R21 million

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The South African Revenue Service (SARS) Customs division has made three seizures at the OR Tambo International Airport of catalytic converters and crushed powder...

Long known as Africa’s ‘narco-state,’ Guinea-Bissau’s reputation will be tough to...

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The former Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau has been dogged by unrest and instability since its independence in 1974. The government was overthrown about six...

ISS Africa: Drug trafficking – is Benin under siege?

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Almost 42 tons of cocaine transited through or were intercepted in West African coastal states between 2019 and 2021, says the United Nations Office...

Northern Cape police pounce on R1 million drug lab

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The police’s war on drugs produced positive results this week when detectives from the Northern Cape Organized Crime Unit confiscated drugs worth approximately R1...

Gold, diamonds and drugs: Portuguese peacekeepers suspected of smuggling

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Portuguese police have clamped down on a crime ring that allegedly involved the country's UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) using military...

19 firearms, drugs seized in Western Cape operations

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Western Cape police last week scored major successes when 19 illegal firearms, 790 rounds of ammunition and drugs worth R2 million were confiscated during...

Another big drug seizure for French frigate in the Indian Ocean

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The French frigate FS Languedoc has recorded its second drug seizure in the Indian Ocean in a week, confiscating more than 3.6 tons of...

French Navy frigate seizes $5.2 million worth of narcotics

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French Marine Nationale frigate FS Languedoc, operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), seized more than 1 600 kg of illegal drugs...

Free State man nabbed on N3 for drugs worth R3 million

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A man suspected to be dealing in drugs was arrested on the N3 freeway during a crime prevention roadblock on Thursday. Members of the Welkom...

Livestock, drugs and vehicles recovered by soldiers on Op Corona duty

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South African soldiers on Operation Corona border protection duty have recorded more successes, recovering several stolen vehicles, drugs and livestock. Unusually for Operation Corona...

Senegalese Navy intercepts drug trafficking ship

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Senegal’s Navy has intercepted and seized a ship 240 km off its coastline that was found to be transporting a large quantity of hashish. In...

Hawks intercept R243m drugs haul

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An intelligence driven operation on Tuesday morning saw police successfully slam the brakes on a R243 million drugs consignment in an Isipingo depot, in...

Three to appear in court over R5.5 m drug bust

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Two men and a woman are expected to appear in court on Wednesday after they were caught in possession of drugs estimates to be...

ISS: Regulating khat could disrupt East Africa’s illegal drug economy

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Different laws and controls among countries in the region allow for a thriving smuggling market. In March 2020, Somalia suspended flights to its capital due...

High value drug bust for French frigate in the Arabian Sea

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The French frigate FS Guépratte has seized 626 kg of methamphetamine worth more than $17 million during the latest Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-narcotics...

Police arrest 100 gang members who smuggled drugs into Spain on...

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Spanish police said on Saturday they had arrested 100 members of a gang which ferried hashish and marijuana from Morocco to Spain in high...

Five drug seizures in one week for Combined Maritime Forces in...

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French Marine Nationale ships have recorded five seizures of illicit drugs in just six days whilst participating in a counter-narcotics focused operation under the...

French Navy seizes six ton of cocaine in the Gulf of...

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The French Navy’s amphibious helicopter carrier Dixmude has seized six tons of cocaine at sea in what the French defence ministry said is a...

Royal Navy warship HMS Montrose seizes third drugs haul in five...

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Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose has struck for a third time in less than five weeks. In an operation lasting ten hours, the Montrose...

French frigate seizes 3 tons of narcotics in the Arabian Sea

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The French Marine Nationale ship (FS) Jean Bart intercepted over 2 900 kg of illicit drugs on 12 February in the latest successful Combined...

Soldiers on border duty confiscate drugs worth millions, recover vehicles

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The recent confiscation of drugs worth millions of Rands and recovery of stolen vehicles is all in a day’s work for soldiers and officers...

Royal Navy warship seizes over $15 million worth of narcotics in...

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The Royal Navy warship HMS Montrose has intercepted over 2 400 kg of illicit drugs as a result of back-to-back successful interdictions in the...