Drugs worth R154 million uncovered at upmarket Ballito estate meth lab

Police raided a meth lab inside a property at an upmarket Ballito estate yesterday evening, seizing R154.9 million worth of drugs.

The raid at Simbithi Eco Estate happened just after 6pm following the Hawks organised crime unit, Umhlali Saps and Umhlali K9 Unit being granted a warrant.

A view of the property which police have since cordoned off.

The estimated value of the drugs is expected to increase as investigations continue however, no arrests have as yet been made.

Hawks spokesperson, Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said the meth lab had been operating for some time.

Police discovered several bags filled with chemicals and powders used to manufacture mandrax and heroin.

Eco-Estate Home Owners Association (SEEHOA) general manager Malcolm Samuel said the substance-related incident* was at the Ilala complex.

“The Saps were called to the estate and attended the scene with our security team. An investigation is underway, and due process will be followed.

“As the investigation is at a sensitive stage we are unable to share further detail at this stage, but will do so when we are able to,” said Samuel.

*Correction: The original version of this article stated that Eco-Estate Home Owners Association (SEEHOA) general manager Malcolm Samuel said the ‘meth lab’ was at the Ilala complex. This was corrected to ‘substance-related incident’.

Large quantities of bags filled with chemicals and powders used to manufacture mandrax and heroin were found inside one of the bedrooms in the unit. Photo: @SAPoliceService via Twitter
Drugs recovered at a property in Simbithi Eco Estate.
Photo: @SAPoliceService via Twitter