Posted on September 11, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
South African authorities seized more than R85 million (Approx. £4.6 Million) worth of drugs during a raid on a vessel docked at Port Elizabeth’s Ngqura Port.
The raid was part of an intelligence-driven multi-disciplinary integrated operation by the Ports of Entry team, whose target was a vessel transiting from Ecuador, South America.
According to the intelligence received, two containers onboard the ship were suspected of carrying drugs.
Upon raiding the vessel and securing the two containers in question, authorities discovered that they were packed with bananas, as per the bill of lading.
Having checked the shipment, they couldn’t locate any drugs stashed within, but upon further inspection, they discovered that there was a hidden compartment on the rear refrigeration unit.
In total, authorities discovered 40 packages wrapped in brown tape which tested positive for cocaine.
Further investigation revealed that there were two more containers linked to the product type/packaging methodology upon the same vessel. After further investigation, authorities discovered the same kind of secret compartment in the other two containers, which held a further 45 bricks of cocaine.
In total, authorities discovered 85 bricks of cocaine, weighing in at an approximate 85 kg with an estimated street value of R85 million.