A country peopled with deadly drug addicts is unarguably doomed to the extreme. The volume of destructive drugs from neighbouring countries is becoming alarming in recent times. The discovery of R104m worth of heroin at a South African border, apparently smuggled from Mozambique, could lift the lid on illicit drug networks run by underworld operatives, an informant has said.
Hence, Hawks officers are investigating the allegations.
Reliable informant, who goes by the name Mr Wick, and who has ties to the underworld noted on Thursday that the heroin was linked to a particular older faction which controlled the majority of the country’s drug trade.
Investigation revealed the heroin may have been destined for Cape Town.
Moreover, other sources have rubbished Mr Wick’s claims, saying he was merely trying to smear the names of others.
In the Western Cape recently, a newer underworld faction has been taking over security at nightclubs from an older underworld faction – activities which have turned violent and resulted in several shootings.
The club security matter is understood to be linked to the drug trade, in that some establishments are viewed as crucial turf from which to peddle drugs.
On Monday, the R104m worth of heroin was intercepted and members of the Richards Bay organised crime unit, along with Crime Intelligence officers from Empangeni and Pretoria, arrested three men.
According to a police statement, Crime Intelligence officers from Pretoria had gathered information about a certain vehicle which was going to enter South Africa, via the Kosi Bay port of entry, with drugs.
“The task team at the port of entry was immediately activated and the described vehicle was stopped and taken to a nearby police station for a thorough search,” it said.
“Several bags of drugs which were allegedly fetched from Mozambique were found concealed inside a makeshift compartment underneath the vehicle.”
A man, 27, was immediately arrested.
Hawks officers, according to the statement, then followed up on information gathered during the investigations.
This information led them to Gauteng, where two more men, aged 24 and 29, were found with R50 000 cash, and arrested.
All three suspects were set to appear in the Emanguzi Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Mr Wick reported that one of those arrested had divulged who he worked for.