Women arrested at O.R. Tambo after search reveals cocaine under her wig

2011-07-22 00:00

POLICE arrested a 36-year-old Angolan woman for drug trafficking at O.R. Tambo International Airport on Wednesday after they found three kilograms of cocaine concealed under her wig.

National police spokesperson Captain Dennis Adriao said police acted on a tip-off that a suspect on board a flight from South America to South Africa was carrying drugs.

Flights from South America were monitored and when a flight from Brazil landed in the morning, police identified the possible suspect.

Adriao said the woman was taken to a search room where she was questioned and had her luggage searched, but nothing was found.

He said two policewomen then conducted a body search and found the drugs hidden under the wig.

The drugs, with a street value of R840 000, were in a plastic bag on top of her head right under her wig.

The drugs will be sent to the forensic science laboratory for further testing.

The suspect will appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court today on charges of drug trafficking.

 

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