According to a source, cops working at the Vehicle Storage Services in Stikland had no idea that the stash was right under their noses.
At the time, police spokesman, Captain FC van Wyk, said a 39-year-old man was arrested when cops discovered two bags of tik and mandrax worth R7.8m hidden in the boot of a BMW.
“Further investigation resulted in the search of three premises in Stikland, Brackenfell and Kraaifontein where various bags containing drugs and ammunition were recovered,” said the police source.
The source adds that cops seized five vehicles in these busts.
“There were five cars altogether that came from Hawston and the Overberg area driven by members of the Terrible Josters gang.
“In the initial bust, they found 123 000 mandrax tablets in the BMW. Three of the vehicles came up clean, but there was a silver Toyota they missed that had all the guns.
“In special compartments in the boot and doors, AGU found two military AK47s, two R4 rifles with tripods, four shotguns, two pistols, two revolvers, ammunition and 45 000 mandrax tablets still hidden in the car.
“I don’t know how they missed it because sniffer dogs could have found it.”