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One of the finds, a blue drum with the rope and compressed cocaine bricks.
One of the finds, a blue drum with the rope and compressed cocaine bricks.
One of the finds, a blue drum with the rope and compressed cocaine bricks.
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Immediate Media Release Thursday, 02 January 2014

Police find R50m worth of Cocaine washed out on Southern Cape Beaches

The George Organised Crime Investigating Unit attached to the Hawks (Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI)) started a probe into the prevalence of what seems to be raw, unprocessed cocaine that had been recently found along the Southern Cape coast. Vigilant members of the public have ensured that two more finds of cocaine do not end up in the wrong hands when they alerted policed after spotting suspicious blue drums floating in the shallow beach water between Mossel Bay and Kleinbrak River.



The first of the two finds were made on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 when a member of the public who resides next to the beach in Rheebok spotted a blue floating drum with a bag attached to it with a rope. The man who was standing on his balcony immediate rushed to the beach and retrieved the bag and floating drum. He immediately informed the police who on arrival discovered twenty five (25) bricks of what seemed to be clean cocaine which weighs approximately 1kg each. In its refined form estimated to cost approximately R1m each (/kg). This amounts to approximately R25m. we confiscated the drugs which will be sent to our forensic laboratory for tests.



The second find was made yesterday afternoon, 1 January 2014 at approximately 12:45 when another drum containing a bag with the same amount of cocaine brigs (25 in a black bag) washed ashore between the beaches of Kleinbrak River and Hartenbos. A holidaymaker spotted the blue drum with the floating bag and alerted the police. The same discovery was made and the find of 25 cocaine bricks were confiscated.



All the confiscated drugs with a total estimated value of R50m will be send to the forensic laboratory for tests.



No one has been linked or arrested in connection with the find. Anyone who may have information regarding these finds is requested to call the investigating officer, W/O Henkie Rhode of the Hawks at 044 802 1600, 082 8509 822 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111. All information will be dealt with in a confidential manner.



Western Cape Provincial management has thanked those members of the public who relayed the suspicious parcels they spotted immediately to the police. We furthermore urge beachgoers, holidaymakers and those on sea, especially along the Southern Cape Coast, to always be vigilant and report suspicious parcels on the beaches or elsewhere immediate to the nearest police station or Crime Stop. Please do not handle suspicious parcels as it can be greatly harmful when exposed to it. Rather allow us, the police, to do a thorough investigation into the find, nature and origin of the potential drug(s).


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