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A whopping 300 kilograms of pure cocaine have been seized from a container ship at Durban harbour.

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) announced on Friday that the drugs have an estimated street value of R1.3 billion.

The bust was a joint partnership between Sars and the South African Police Service (SAPS) that involved a week-long investigation of the ship.

It’s believed the ship has come from South America.

“The Sars Marine Unit (Durban operations), SAPS Crime Intelligence and National Detective Services boarded the vessel heading from South America to secure several containers that were profiled by Sars.

“The containers were inspected after they were unloaded in the Durban harbour. The inspection revealed zinc metal products and several black bags containing 378 bricks of pure cocaine,” Sars said in a statement.

Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter said the government won’t tolerate illegal activities in the country.

“Sars will not tolerate these illegal activities but will rather continue to fulfil its mandate of facilitating legal trade to the further economic development of our country.”

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