Hawks bust platinum smelting laboratory in Hartbeespoort dam

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Hawks bust platinum smelting laboratory in Hartbeespoort dam
Hawks bust platinum smelting laboratory in Hartbeespoort dam

An intelligence driven operation by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation led to the arrest of Orelio Capazario (62) in Hartbeespoort dam on 13 February 2020 for Illegal possession of unwrought Platinum worth approximately R800 000-00.

The investigative team conducted a search of the precious metals laboratory where they allegedly found the suspect busy with the smelting process on two gas burners and in the oven. Bags containing unwrought platinum, chemicals and more processing equipment were reportedly found around the house and they have been seized for further investigation.

The suspect appeared in the Brits Magistrate’s Court today where he was released on R5000-00 bail.

The matter was postponed to 30 March 2020 for further investigation.

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