The South African Police Service (SAPS) in KwaZulu-Natal have arrested a man at a Ballito residence this week after the discovery of a cache of heroin.
An upmarket residence in Zimbali was allegedly being used as a warehouse for illegal narcotics by the 37-year-old man.
The arrest was the result of a joint operation between the Hawks, the Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (Saneb), SAPS crime intelligence officers, the Durban Metro Police Drug Task Team, and SAPS Shongweni K9 officers.
Tip-off leads to discovery of heroin cache in Ballito
A tip-off from members of the public led to the raid of the property and the discovery of 16 kilogrammes of heroin, cash, and other drug paraphernalia and machinery totalling at least R4 million.
“A 37-year-old man has been arrested after heroin worth an estimated R4 million was seized at a plush Ballito residence, about 40km north of Durban,” the South African Police Service in KwaZulu-Natal said on Sunday.
“The drug haul was seized on Friday during an intelligence-driven operation led by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation’s (Hawks) Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (Saneb), together with SAPS crime intelligence officers, the Durban Metro Police Drug Task Team, and SAPS Shongweni K9 officers,” SAPS spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said.
Suspect rented two properties in Ballito
The suspect was allegedly not residing at the premises, instead renting another property nearby.
“The arrest came after the Hawks received a tip-off about drugs from overseas that were allegedly being kept and distributed out from an unoccupied upmarket townhouse in Zimbali. The suspect was renting another townhouse not from away [from] the alleged stash house while using the other apartment as a storage facility.”
SAPS say that the man briefly resisted arrest and refused to acknowledge the police search warrant.
“Using the description provided, officers spotted the suspect entering the rented premises. Already armed with a search warrant, the suspect was confronted, and he put up a fight but he was contained.”
“During the search of the house, the team managed to seize 16 kilogrammes of heroin, cash, and other drug paraphernalia and machinery totalling at least R4 million.”
An SAPS search of the man’s second rented property turned up no further results, the man has been charged and will appear in court on Monday.
“The team proceeded to his other house in Umhlanga and another in Mount Edgecombe, which emerged after the suspect’s arrest. Both yielded no positive results. He is due to appear in the Umhlali Magistrates’ Court on Monday for dealing and possession of drugs,” Mhlongo said.