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Narcotics net nabs 8000

Significant progress has been made in the war on drugs since the launch of Drug Watch.

Gauteng authorities are progressing in the war on drug with 8000 arrests and 300 kilograms of drugs seized in under three weeks. Picture:EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Drug watch has urged the public to continue passing on information that could lead to the arrests of kingpins and drug manufacturers.

It's been less than three weeks since the launch of the initiative and police have already arrested almost 8,000 people for drug related crimes in Gauteng.

Authorities have also confiscated more than 300 kilograms of various narcotics.

The police's Neville Malila urged members of the community to come forward with more information, particularly information of those manufacturing drugs.

Meanwhile, a woman spent a night in police custody after she was found in possession of R17 million worth of drugs at Beitbridge Border Post.

The crystal cocaine was found hidden in a bag of surgical equipment by a customs officer on a bus travelling between Malawi and Johannesburg.

"When the customs officer took the instruments out it became clear there was a crystallised substance at the bottom of the boxes and it turned out to be cocaine," said the South African Revenue Service's (Sars) Marika Muller.

On 6 July, Sars seized 150 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, also known as tik, at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg.

The service described the bust as the largest ever single seizure of tik at any port of entry in South Africa.

The drugs were estimated to be worth R43 million and were brought in by two women flying from Tanzania.