At least 540kg of drugs were stolen from the Hawks office in Port Shepstone, on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.
While details are sketchy about how exactly the theft happened, TimesLIVE understands the drugs, with a street value of about R200m, were stolen from the building.
Two senior sources, one within the Hawks and another close to the investigation, confirmed the news on Monday.
On Tuesday, the Hawks issued a statement confirming the theft, saying a case of business burglary has been registered for further investigation. The police unit said the suspects stole 541kg cocaine and ransacked the office where safes were kept.
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