South African police lose cocaine haul

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Thieves have stolen 541 kilograms of cocaine worth the equivalent of around $US13 million ($A17.5 million) from the police in South Africa.

The drugs were held inside the office of the Hawks special unit in the town of Port Shepstone in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend, the police announced on Tuesday.

The thieves entered the building through a window, and then managed to break into the reinforced cabinets where the seized drugs were being stored.

South Africa plays an important role as a transit country for the illegal trade in Latin American cocaine, especially for onward transport towards Australia, Europe and Hong Kong.

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