South African police has in the recent months, witnessed more drug dealers being napped. The most recent is the arrest of a woman who was caught with cocaine worth R1.6 million which she hid in her bag of rice.
The 24-year-old woman was caught with three kilogrammes of cocaine neatly wrapped in her rice parcel which she equally wrapped in newspaper at the Beit Bridge border gate, Musina in the Limpopo province on Friday night.
Major Robert Netshiunda said that the arrest followed a joint operation by the Hawks and the SA Revenue Services in Limpopo. He added that officers had stopped a bus which had entered the country from Malawi and the narcotic dog led the officers to a bag that belonged to the woman.
“When the Hawks searched the bag, they found a white powder mixed with rice which was wrapped in newspaper,” he said
Meanwhile, the Russian Federal Drug Control Service’s Victor Ivanov while speaking at the Russia-Africa Anti-Drug Dialogue in Durban, said South Africa and Africa as a whole has become a key transit hub for Afghan heroin and Latin American cocaine.
According to him, more than four trillion dollars, proceeds of this drug trade, feeds the transnational crime networks. Large scale production and trafficking to different markets leads has led to a surge in related violence, as well as political and social instability.
Relating illegal drug trafficking to problem in state governance and poor economic performance, Ivanov said African states often fell victim to drug trafficking organisations that ran as a “quasi-state entity within African states.
However, as South Africans were over with the RUN2016 South African Drug Policy week held from 1st-4th of February, report revealed that there has been little review or discussion around South African Drug policy. The government is expected to lay up policies that will drastically reduce the already increasing drug trafficking in the country.
The accused woman has been charged with dealing in drugs and will appear in Musina Magistrate’s court on Monday.