Coke arrest at OR Tambo

2014-01-28 07:24
The coca leaf has been used in the Andes for medicinal and sacred purposes, but the rest of the world sees it as the source plant for cocaine. (AP)

The coca leaf has been used in the Andes for medicinal and sacred purposes, but the rest of the world sees it as the source plant for cocaine. (AP)

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Johannesburg - An Angolan man was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on Monday with cocaine bullets, worth about R250 000 on the street, in his stomach, the Hawks said.

The 41-year-old was arrested on arrival from Sao Paulo, in Brazil, at 08:00. He was en route to Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, said Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko.

Police discovered the man had swallowed the cocaine when he was taken through an X-ray machine, he said. Sixty-nine bullets of cocaine were seized.

"We will keep him at the airport until he completes releasing all cocaine bullets from his digestive tract," Ramaloko said.

The man would appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

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