Suspect caught in King Shaka Airport

2016-12-08 06:01
SAPS BorderPolice members from King Shaka International Airport (from left) Detective E. Mhlangu, station commander Colonel J. Makhathini and Detective V. Thatiah. Photo: supplied

SAPS BorderPolice members from King Shaka International Airport (from left) Detective E. Mhlangu, station commander Colonel J. Makhathini and Detective V. Thatiah. Photo: supplied

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A THIRTY-YEAR-OLD man was arrested at King Shaka International Airport for contravention of the currency and exchange on 5 December.

The police received information about a passenger who was due to leave the country on 5 December with large sum of South African currency without declaring it at customs.

Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said in a statement: “Through intense investigation the members managed to trace the said passenger on a flight that was leaving King Shaka Airport destined to Dubai. They approached the airline and had the passenger, who at the time had already boarded the flight, to off - load all his luggage. The passenger was found to have checked in seven bags, which were off loaded and all seven bags scanned showed the same images of currency.”

Colonel Mbhele said the bags were opened in the presence of the passenger and they were found to contain South African currency.

“Upon counting [money] it amounted to the value of R12 229 200. He was placed under arrest and will be appearing today in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on charges of the contravention of the currency and exchange act.”

KZN acting provincial commissioner Major General Bheki Langa applauded the members for their work which led to the arrest of the suspect.

“We are ready to thwart any criminality during this festive season and beyond,” he said. - Supplied.

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