South African Hawks in drugs bust

By Terrapinzflyer · Sep 16, 2009 · ·
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    South African Hawks in drugs bust
    Three British men have appeared in a court in South Africa in connection with what is believed be the biggest drug seizure in the country

    South Africa's new serious and organised crimes unit, the Hawks, seized $70m (£42m) worth of cannabis and heroin in Durban over the weekend.
    The drugs, which police believe were destined for the UK, were confiscated after a tip off from British police.
    The Britons and two South Africans have been charged with trafficking.
    Two brothers - Paul and Jon Beazley - Paul Bromley and the two, as yet unnamed, South Africans will appear in court on 21 September.
    Drugs trail
    Last week, more than 150kg of heroin was intercepted at London's Heathrow International Airport after arriving on a flight from South Africa.
    One man was subsequently arrested - and the trail lead back to South Africa and to the coastal city of Durban where 8,000kg of cannabis and 115kg of heroin were found in a warehouse.
    The newly formed Hawks said the London and Durban drugs consignments are believed to belong to the same syndicate.
    According to the South African Broadcasting Corporation, the drug run began in Afghanistan - consignments were then shipped to Mozambique for repackaging.
    Durban harbour was the next destination, where the drugs were concealed and repackaged to be sent to OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg.
    After the arrests, South Africa's police said international co-operation was crucial in the fight against drugs and drug trafficking.
    "Clearly in this case the value of the information that we received from our British counterparts enabled us to move quickly and decisively," Deputy National Police Commissioner Anwa Dramat said in a statement.

    Wednesday, 16 September 2009 16:58 UK

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    [/B]Record heroin bust at Heathrow Airport[/B]
    Police and immigration officers have made one of the country's biggest ever heroin seizures sparking an investigation in to an international drugs ring.

    Drugs worth £25 million were recovered following an operation at Heathrow airport and raids in Kent and South Africa, including £18 million worth of heroin.
    Thousands of kilos of cannabis were also seized as officers smashed a smuggling ring which saw drugs being brought in to the UK in souvenirs.

    One British man has been charged and six others, including four more Britons have been arrested.
    The operation was launched after UK Border Agency staff seized 165 kilos of heroin, with a street value of 8 million, at Heathrow a record for the airport.
    The drugs were hidden in a consignment of souvenirs from South Africa.
    The find was then referred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), which resulted in a further 80kg of heroin found at an address in Dartford, Kent. Two men were arrested, one of who has since been charged.
    Information was also passed on to police in South Africa, who subsequently arrested a further five people, including three UK nationals. Another 115 kilos of heroin and more than 6,500 kilos of herbal cannabis and cannabis resin were also found.
    The total amount of drugs seized during the operation is estimated to be worth around £25 million. It is thought that all of it was destined for Britain.
    Philip Astle, the UK Border Agency's Heathrow director said: "This latest detection of heroin at Heathrow, believed to be our biggest ever, highlights our success in preventing class A drugs entering the UK.
    "Drugs devastate lives and communities and my officers, along with colleagues from other law enforcement agencies, are determined to stop them reaching our streets."
    Andy Sellers, SOCA deputy director, added: "Protecting the UK from the harm caused by drug trafficking means going beyond the UK's borders and targeting the people behind the trade.
    "These seizures are a great example of what can happen when partners work together. Both ends of this international chain have been attacked, and a significant amount of heroin and cannabis has been kept off the UK's streets."
    Following the raid in Kent, Nicholas Fullbrook, 35, from Leigh in Kent was charged with conspiracy to import controlled drugs and possession with intent to supply.
    He was remanded in custody following a court hearing at Maidstone Magistrates on 12 September 2009. The second man has been released on bail pending further enquiries.
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