Cape Town Police Seize R2 Million Worth of Mandrax in N2 Drug Bust

Cape Town police seize R2 million worth of mandrax in major drug bust, showcasing exceptional coordination between law enforcement agencies to disrupt supply chains and enhance public safety.

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Cape Town Police Seize R2 Million Worth of Mandrax in N2 Drug Bust

Cape Town Police Seize R2 Million Worth of Mandrax in N2 Drug Bust

Cape Town police seized R2 million worth of mandrax from a motorist on the N2 near Sir Lowry's Pass on Friday, following intelligence that the drugs were being transported from the Eastern Cape. The Hawks, South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB), and Crime Intelligence's Counter Narcotics and Gangs unit in the Western Cape coordinated the operation that led to the major drug bust.

Officers spotted the suspect vehicle on the highway, stopped it, and conducted a search. They discovered 50 packets containing a total of 50,000 mandrax tablets hidden in a false compartment in the back of the vehicle. The illegal synthetic drug is estimated to have a street value of R2 million.

The 33-year-old driver was immediately arrested and is set to appear in the Strand Magistrates' Court on Monday, April 22, 2024, facing a charge of dealing in drugs. Authorities believe this seizure dealt a significant blow to drug supply chains in the Western Cape.

Why this matters: The successful operation showcases the exceptional coordination and dedication of multiple law enforcement agencies in combating the illicit drug trade. Mandrax has a long-standing presence in South Africa's illegal drug market, and this bust serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to disrupt drug networks and enhance public safety in the Western Cape province.

In a statement, a Hawks spokesperson said, "This successful operation is a result of the exceptional coordination and swift action by the Hawks, SANEB, and Crime Intelligence's Counter Narcotics and Gangs unit. We remain committed to disrupting drug supply chains and ensuring the safety of our communities." The investigation into this significant drug seizure continues as law enforcement agencies work to trace the origins and intended distribution of the mandrax tablets.

Key Takeaways

  • Cape Town police seized R2 million worth of mandrax from a motorist on the N2 highway.
  • The drugs were being transported from the Eastern Cape to Cape Town.
  • Police discovered 50,000 mandrax tablets hidden in a false compartment of the vehicle.
  • The 33-year-old driver was arrested and will appear in court on drug dealing charges.
  • The operation involved coordinated efforts by multiple law enforcement agencies to disrupt drug supply chains.