Three suspects are expected to make their first appearance at the Stilfontein Magistrate’s Court in Northwest on Tuesday.
The suspects aged between (32) and (50) were arrested on Monday during an intelligence driven operation in Khuma for illegal mining, illegal possession of gold bearing material, illegal dealing in gold and money laundering.
The arrests stem from a yearlong investigation into the trade of illegal mining and dealing in gold in the Khuma area.
Seven houses were simultaneously stormed on Monday morning by the Serious Organised Crime Investigation assisted by members of Tactical Response Team, Northern Cape Detectives, the Kenneth Kaunda District Illegal Mining team and LCRC.
The simultaneous operation resulted in the seizure of R760 000 cash, a firearm, two Mercedes Benz sedans, Toyota double cab, Isuzu bakkie, mercury and gold refining paraphernalia.