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'SA drug trade up by 70 percent'

This comes after a spate of significant drug busts made by police over the last two weeks.

FILE: Since the beginning of August there have been numerous major drug busts across the country. Picture: Saps.

CAPE TOWN - A criminologist says there has been an increase of up to 70 percent in South Africa's drug trade over the last years.

This comes after a spate of significant drug busts made by police over the last two weeks.

Drugs worth millions of rands have been confiscated, which Western Cape police believe is making a large dent in the drug trade.

Since the beginning of August there have been numerous major drug busts across the country.

Early this morning police arrested a 35-year-old man who was caught with drugs valued at four million rand in Ottery.

#sapsWC 32 yr old arrested in Ottery after car chase with +- R4m worth of crystal meth, dagga, Mandrax & cocaine SD pic.twitter.com/MYxBUBeJuf

Last week a suspect was caught with drugs valued at close to R5million in the Karoo.

#sapsEC 1/3 Mthatha K9 Unit arrested one suspect aged 55yrs for possession of dagga. The suspect attempted to. DD pic.twitter.com/U9DRmvN5uL

Criminologist Simon Howell says these drug operations are just the tip of the iceberg.

"Over the last 10 years, it's probably 60 to 70 percent larger than it was ten years ago. We have found that the relative worth or affordability of the main drugs use in the city has decreased."

Howl said affordability of drugs has led to a higher prevalence of drug manufacturing, trafficking and drug use than ever before.