R47.8m worth of drug busts made in the past week

By Drum Digital
20 July 2015

Multiple busts net drugs worth R48.7m.

Four drug busts by customs officials in the past week have stopped Viagra, Mandrax and cocaine, with a total estimated street value of R48.7m, from hitting the country's streets, News24 reported on Monday.

"Last night [Sunday], a member of the Lebombo Detector Dog Unit discovered Mandrax worth R3m hidden in a truck entering South Africa from Mozambique," SA Revenue spokesperson Luther Lebelo said in a statement.

"After searching the truck, six bags weighing 25kg were found hidden in the truck. The packages were immediately tested and it was found to contain the drug methaqualone (also known as Mandrax). In total 66 000 Mandrax tablets were uncovered. The driver was arrested and a case of possession of narcotics was opened against him," Lebelo said.

News24 further reported that a woman was found to have hidden more than 4kg of cocaine in books in her check-in luggage at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Saturday.

"The drugs are valued at over R1.2m and the woman is expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court today [Monday]," Lebelo said.

"These busts are significant seizures and are a result of ever-improving systems, process enhancements and a renewed commitment to combating organised crime and illicit trade activities introduced by Sars commissioner Tom Moyane upon taking office," Lebelo said.

"Sars will continue to work with other law enforcement agencies to protect the country and its citizens by disrupting organised crime."

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