A joint festive season operation conducted by various units at Durban North yielded positive results on Friday night, when police uncovered a clandestine drug laboratory at a flat in uMhlanga Rocks, seizing drugs to the value of R1, 5 million together with the arrest of a 53-year-old man.

Police spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, said, “The police officers followed up information about a drug laboratory at the flat at uMhlanga Rocks, Durban. On their arrival, a 53-year-old man was approached and arrested.

“He was taken back to his premises where it was searched. The police officers found mandrax and heroin to the street value of R1.5 million. The premises is believed to be used for packaging and storage of drugs.

“The arrested suspect was charged for possession and dealing in drugs. He is expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 31 December 2018. Another massive breakthrough was made at Durban Harbour where a container was found full of stripped car parts intended to be exported out of South Africa to Mauritius.

“The breakthrough was made by the Border Policing’s Trans International Crime Investigation Unit as part of festive season operations. The container was fronted as second hand parts for export but on a full unpack of the container, three of the engines and car panels for Audi and Ford Rangers were found to have been linked to two vehicles hijacked. The container had a further variety of luxury car panels and engines of Mercedes, Audi, BMWs, Ford Rangers and Hyundai Tuscons which are currently licensed, insured and bank financed.

“The estimated value of these cars is R10 million and are still to be investigated as to why they were stripped and not reported stolen while under bank finance. Investigation continues,” said Lt/Col Zwane.