The National Head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General Godfrey
Lebeya, after thanking all concerned in the seizure of 706 kg of cocaine aboard
a container ship, rightly remarks that the war on the drugs has neither been
lost nor won. He says that the efforts to stop the drugs reaching the innocent
people and wrecking their lives must continue endlessly.
A joint investigation between Hawks Port Elizabeth Serious
Organised Crime Investigation, Interpol, Crime Intelligence, Border Police,
South African Revenue Service, Criminal Record Centre, Customs, TRT, Harbour
Master, Dark Water OPS and K9 Unit has yielded approximately R700 million worth
of uncut cocaine during a drug raid at Coega Harbour on Monday, 7 January 2019.
The massive bust, emanates from information received from
Interpol regarding a vessel which was carrying 706 kg worth of cocaine from
Brazil to South Africa.
The consignment of 706 cocaine bricks was discovered concealed
at the bottom floor of the ship below more than 3669 containers, the police said.
The National Head of the
Hawks, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, has applauded the multi-disciplinary
team for the considerable seizure.
"By confiscating this
cargo, we have severed the supply chain. But the war on drugs has neither been
lost nor won. We are still going to put more efforts in targeting the supply of
these dangerous dependent producing substances. We will not be allowing these
substances to go and ruin the lives of innocent people whose health are being
turned into drug addicts.
"We are making a call to
all communities not to do drugs. Do not demand drugs. Do not apply for a
criminal record of doing drugs. If you stop demanding drugs, cartels will not
be producing or delivering them. The empires of the cartels will fall. The
power to stop this is in your hands."
want to thank all those who continue to provide us with the information and we
will continue to respond. The investigation in this matter continues,"
said General Lebeya.