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Thieves break into Hawks office, steal 541kg cocaine

KwaZulu-Natal police are investigating after cocaine with a street value of R200 million was allegedly stolen from the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime offices in Port Shepstone on the KZN South Coast.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Nomthandazo Mbambo said the thieves broke into the building sometime between Friday from 4pm and Monday before 7am.

They had forced the windows open.

“One of the safes in the office, which were used to store exhibits, was tampered with.

“The robbers stole 541kg cocaine drugs to the street value of R200 000 000 and ransacked the office where safes were kept.”

Mbambo said Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya, the National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, had appointed the deputy national head, Lieutenant-General Tebello Constance Mosikili to conduct an inquiry into the circumstances of the theft.

“Detectives and Forensic Services have requested to investigate the matter. No suspects have been arrested in the matter.”

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