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South African police seize USD 50 mn cocaine

AFP  |  Port Elizabeth 

said Tuesday they had seized a 700-kg (1,500 pound) consignment of cocaine, valued at around USD 50 million (43.7 million euros), that was headed for

The drugs were stashed at the bottom of a container ship docked in Ngqura, Godfrey Lebeya, known as the Hawks, told AFP.

The ship had arrived from and was bound for via Singapore, he said.

"The drugs were hidden at the bottom floor in the ship, which had over 3,000 containers," he said.

Acting on a tipoff, investigators raided the vessel on Monday afternoon and found 706 bags, each containing a kilo (2.2 pounds) of the narcotic, Lebeya said.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 23:25 IST