The Police in South Africa, have uncovered a fishing vessel loaded with 973 blocks of compressed cocaine, estimated at R583 million, with ten suspects arrested.
According to a police source privy to the operation led by Western Cape organised crime narcotics unit detectives comprising various tactical operational units, the seizure was made at Saldahna coast on Monday evening.
The source said the compressed substances were found in the three compartments of the vessel.
“ The intelligence-driven, evening operation saw various tactical forces descending on the vessel where 973 blocks of compressed cocaine (estimated at R583 million) were found in three compartments of the vessel.
“ Ten suspects were subsequently arrested on charges of dealing in drugs. They are expected to appear in court in Vredenburg soon.
“ Further investigations continue as the detectives determine the origins as well as the intended destination of the consignment, ” the source revealed.
It was learnt that South African Police Service, SAPS management has hailed the seizure as a step in the right direction in efforts to deal with illicit drug trading.