Cops believe a syndicate is behind the smuggling of cocaine disguised as chocolates into the Mother City.
And they hope SARS customs officials wouldn’t get be thrown off the scent by using the boxes of larney Lindt choccies to hide the drugs in.
But wakker officials have made three busts at the Cape Town International Airport in just one week.
Four people were arrested, and police confiscated drugs with an estimated street value of close to R4 million.
The latest arrest of a 40-year-old woman from Johannesburg happened at the airport on Wednesday. She had just arrived on a flight from the Middle East.
Police spokesman Lt. Col Andre Traut said: “She was found in possession of 3kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of R1.2 million.
“Once charged, she will make a court appearance in Bellville on a charge of dealing in drugs.”
On Tuesday, another woman was arrested after customs officials found her in possession of 2.9kg of cocaine worth around R1.1 million.
The customs officials found the cocaine hidden in multiple chocolate containers.
Another arrest was made at the airport on Monday when two suspects were caught with 3.8kg of cocaine with an estimated value of R1.5 million.
“We have reason to believe that the suspects are linked to the same syndicate using the same method of poorly concealing the contraband in chocolate packaging,” said Traut.
“We are pleased with the outcome of the latest interventions at the airport and deem the arrests as a major blow to the drug trade.”
Meanwhile, the Mozambican national arrested at the weekend after being caught with a consignment of drugs worth an estimated R52 million, has been denied bail by the Ermelo Magistrates’ Court.
Ibraimo Candeiro‚ 42, was driving his vehicle on Sunday night when he was stopped at Chrissiesmeer in Mpumalanga.
Members of the Hawks found heroin concealed in the petrol tank and spare wheel.
The suspect will be back in court on May 10 for a formal bid for bail.