Couple caught smuggling R10m worth of drugs into South Africa, including alcohol

Couple caught smuggling R10m worth of drugs into South Africa, including alcohol
DELINQUENTS: A couple was nabbed at the Mozambique border trying to smuggle drugs and alcohol into the country. PICTURE BY SAPS

They were driving a white mini truck that was pulling a trailer.

The police in Mpumalanga arrested a couple and charged them with possession and dealing of drugs and illicit alcohol after they were caught with bags of crystal meth and heroin drugs with a street value of R10 million.

Police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said the two, a 50 and a 48 year-old, were trying to smuggle the drugs into the country.

He said the suspected truck was searched by SARS and police members who were conducting their normal duties at the South Africa-Mozambique border when the white mini truck pulling a trailer from Mozambique came. 

When officers searched it they found compartments on both the truck and trailer, stashed with something inside it.

When they searched further they found the drugs and bottles of alcohol.

“Various security agencies, SANDF, SAPS, SARS officials as well as traffic law enforcement, have been hard at work, not only enforcing lockdown regulations but also addressing all crimes in general,” Hlathi said.

“They have been very instrumental along the border line, SANDF in particular and large amounts of illicit liquor have been recovered as well as a considerable number of people arrested thus far,” he said.

Mpumalanga police boss Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma applauded the officials for the arrest.

“I would also like to thank members of the public for their relentless efforts as they continue to provide information to the police which often led to many arrests, their work does not go unnoticed,” said Zuma.

(edited by MLM)

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