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Hawks arrest man smuggling drugs worth R2 million on the R59 highway

VEREENIGING - A 47-year-old man was arrested on the R59 highway travelling towards Vereeniging for being in possession of crystal meth worth R2 million. According to Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Philani Nkwalase, the suspect was arrested on Tuesday after the Hawks’ SA Narcotics Enforcement Bureau, together with Crime Intelligence and K9 unit, swiftly responded to a tip-off about a suspect who was allegedly distributing batches of drugs in the Vaal area. Nkwalase says a vehicle matching the description was spotted at about 19:45 on the R59 highway travelling towards Vereeniging. He said on stopping and searching the orange Nissan Navara, a grey luggage bag was allegedly found at the back seat containing five packets of suspected crystal meth weighing 1.5kg each. He said the drugs weighed a total of 7.5kg and were valued at approximately R2m. The crystal meth was seized for further investigation along with the vehicle that was allegedly used in the commission of a crime. The suspect faces charges of dealing in drugs and is expected to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court in Gauteng today.

PHOTOS: (South African Police Service)

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