Hawks busted a drug lab in De Deur Nigel run by a Detective Warrant Officer and four other suspects.
As learnt, a joint operation between the Western Cape Hawks and Crime Intelligence led to the arrest of the five suspects manufacturing and dealing in drugs.
The operation is said to be the second major drug bust in South Africa within the last 24 hours.
Before now, KwaZulu Natal Hawks confiscated R50milion worth of drugs in a sealed container at the Durban harbour in KwaZulu Natal.
In the latest bust, mandrax drugs worth R105milion were discovered at a small-holding in De Deur Nigel on the Vaal.
While the Detective Warrant Officer was arrested at his house in Bassonia, other were apprehended at the small-holding. The suspects are aged between 27 and 59 years.
Hawks related that the area had been monitored for some month after it was suspected that a syndicate was involved in the alleged drug lab for distribution countrywide.
Aside mandrax tablets already packed and ready for distribution in De Deur which the investigation team recovered, they as well recovered methaquolium, pressers, and other drug manufacturing equipment .
The suspects are expected to appear before the Vereeniging Magistrates Court today for operating the drug lab and dealing in drugs.
Speaking, the Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation’s National Head, Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza praised the investigation teams as he warned that Hawks can no longer tolerate organised crime messing-up the well-being of South Africa.
“We are committed and buoyed to introduce a range of initiatives to target and further disrupt the activities of organised criminal groups and networks.
We will never rest on our laurels. By nature, organised crime is challenging to detect and to counter but as the Hawks and with the help of our communities we are committed to work tirelessly to fight this drugs,” Ntlemeza said.