Friday, March 26, 2010

One million litres of an illicit product seized with an estimated value of R10 million in Oudtshoorn

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 March 2010


Containers containing illicit products totaling at 180 000 litres have been confiscated in Oudtshoorn.

Police spokesperson Captain Bernadine Steyn says a joint operation was conducted by SAPS, SARS, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at two premises in Oudtshoorn after Search warrants were obtained.

“At the first premises in Park Road three tanks were identified and sealed which allegedly contains an illicit product totalling at approximately 180 000 litres from which samples were taken for forensic analyses.

“Samples were also randomly taken from the other tanks for the same purpose. A second premises in Van der Riet Street was also searched during which 17 tanks were identified and sealed allegedly containing an illicit product totalling about 663 500 litres.

Steyn added that samples were also taken from these tanks for forensic analysis. Furthermore containers destined for the market were identified and seized.

We have opened a case docket with two charges for investigation, manufacturing and distributing of an alleged illicit product and Failing to comply with liquor registration conditions.

Operation Lumke was launched to address the association between substance abuse and contact crimes.

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