Cops Nab Their Own in R200m cocaine bust

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Two policemen and a Gauteng chief traffic officer were among a gang of four drug dealers who were arrested in a drug bust when police swooped on a truck in Aerton in Johannesburg on Friday.

SAPS regional spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili said that a police vehicle from SAPS Booysen had responded swiftly to a complaint of a suspected hijacked cargo truck at Aeroton business premises in Johannesburg. 

“Upon arrival, police found a black Nissan bakkie parked with 23 big bags containing cocaine with the estimated street value of R200 million. Upon interviewing the driver of the bakkie, it was discovered that he is a police warrant officer attached to Zonkezizwe Police Station and that the bakkie is a state vehicle,” Muridili said.

“He was placed under arrest at the scene together with his three accomplices, another police warrant officer attached to the National Investigative Unit and a Gauteng chief traffic officer and a civilian,” she said.

Muridiliu said that police had seized 552 bricks of cocaine, four vehicles, a grey BMW including three State vehicles (a VW GTI, Kia Cerato and Nissan bakkie) as well as R60 000 in cash during the bust.

“It is reported that the cargo truck which was traveling from Durban Harbour was followed by the suspects’ vehicles from N3 near Leondale to its destination in the Aeroton warehouse. At the warehouse, suspects removed the consignment from the truck and loaded it into the bakkie,” Muridili said.

“On duty police officials intercepted the suspects’ vehicle as they were about to flee the scene,” she said.

The suspects, who are aged between 35 and 42 will be appearing in the Booysens Magistrates Court facing charges that include robbery, dealing in drugs and defeating the ends of justice on 12 July 2021.