POLICE have arrested two people in one of the biggest drug factory busts in Mpumalanga.
The police crime intelligence unit from Pretoria, the Hawks, and the Mpumalanga police organised crime unit went all out to raid the drug factory yesterday.
The bust was made at Springfontein Farm near Balfour. Police said they were following a tip-off when they conducted investigations.
Mpumalanga police organised crime unit spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi said yester- day: "We recovered three tablet pressers, four mixers, bags containing chemicals, stoves, tumble drier machines, and a whole lot of containers used to manufacture drugs to the value of over R5million."
He said each tablet presser could make 70 000 tablets an hour, while the three machines could make tablets in the range of one ton a month, worth more than R10million.
Hlathi said the police's asset forfeiture unit would also investigate the factory with a view of seizing the property as it was being used to commit crimes.
"The South African Revenue Service has also indicated that it would investigate the tax status of the two arrested suspects."
Hlathi said the two suspects aged 49 and 63, would appear in the Balfour magistrate's court today on drug manufacturing charges.