Four amounts of what appear to be cocaine, with an estimated street value of
about R68 million, have been found off Mossel Bay's beaches since Christmas,
Western Cape police said.
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In the latest haul, a drum containing a black bag with 25 bricks of what
appeared to be raw, unprocessed cocaine washed ashore near Mossel Bay between
Hartenbos and Klein Brak River on Wednesday afternoon, Captain Malcolm Pojie
"A holidaymaker spotted the blue drum with the floating bag and alerted
On Tuesday, a man standing on his balcony saw a similar blue drum with a bag
attached to it floating in the water off the beach in Rheebok, near Mossel Bay.
"The man, who was standing on his balcony, immediately rushed to the
beach and retrieved the bag and floating drum," said Pojie.
"He immediately informed the police, who on arrival discovered 25
bricks of what seemed to be clean cocaine weighing approximately 1kg
Value of the hauls
If it was cocaine, in its refined form the estimated street value of each
brick within the two drums would be around R1m, or R25m in total.
The powder would be sent to the police's forensic laboratory for tests.
Captain Bernadine Steyn said the third amount was found after a swimmer
contacted Mossel Bay police on Saturday around 9am, informing them that a blue
object was floating in the sea near Pinnacle Point.
"On arrival we found a blue drum and a black bag attached to each other
with a rope. In the black bag 25 packets of what seems to be cocaine were
found," she said.
Each packet weighed just over a kilogram, and the 25 packets have an
estimated street value of R8.75m.
A fourth haul was found floating in the water off Hartenbos Beach on
Christmas Day. It also consisted of 25 packets of cocaine, also worth an
estimated R8.75m on the street.
Pojie said the values of the hauls differed because some of the cocaine
appeared to have already been "cut", or processed, while the rest was
still in its pure, or raw form.
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