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WC to intensify drug fight

The Western Cape Deputy Police Commissioner promised to intensify fight against drug smuggling.

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CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Deputy Police Commissioner Sharon Jephta on Monday promised they would leave no stone unturned in tackling drug-related crimes.

On Saturday, three men implicated in one of the country's biggest cocaine busts were found guilty in the Knysna Circuit Court.

They were arrested in 2010 after authorities found more than 1,700 kilograms of raw cocaine on a boat moored at the Knysna Waterfront.

Two Chinese nationals were sentenced to 20-years, while a Port Elizabeth man was jailed for 15 years.

Three other suspects were acquitted.

When police raided the Toledo vessel in December 2010, they confiscated about R2 billion worth of pure cocaine.

Jephta said the conviction sent a strong message to criminals involved in the trade.

“The police do have the means to detect and investigate such cases.”

She said they were making inroads in the war against drug smuggling in the province.

Meanwhile, authorities also signed a deal with long-distance buses to fight drug smuggling.

Buses agreed to tag luggage in order to catch traffickers.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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