Three Johannesburg police officers have allegedly been arrested for stealing R200 million worth of cocaine, reports IOL. The drugs were allegedly stowed away in a police vehicle – a black Nissan bakkie.
According to News24, police responded to a complaint of a suspected hijacked cargo truck at Aeroton business premises in Johannesburg. Once they arrived, police then found 23 bags containing cocaine.
“A police vehicle from SAPS Booysens 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,” SAPS spokesperson, Colonel Brenda Muridili, said.
After arresting and interviewing the suspects, the police soon discovered that the vehicle’s driver was a warrant officer.
“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,
“He was placed under arrest on the scene together with his three accomplices, another police warrant officer attached to National Investigative Unit, a Gauteng chief traffic officer and a civilian, “Muridili said.
Four vehicles, 552 bricks of cocaine, three state vehicles, a grey BMW, and R60 000 in cash were commandeered during the bust, reports News24. Police have indicated that the cargo truck transporting the cocaine arrived from Durban Harbour to Johannesburg and was escorted by three state vehicles.
The suspects, aged between 35 and 42 years old, are set to appear in the Booysens Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The three accused are facing charges of robbery, drug dealing and defeating the ends of justice.
Tens of millions of rands of cocaine have been seized in Aeroton, JHB. Five police officers have been arrested. The drugs originated from Brazil. Well done @SAPoliceService Crime Intellegence. pic.twitter.com/sl7qk6Eize
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) July 9, 2021