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Cops clamp down on OR Tambo drug mules

2012-03-14 17:24

Johannesburg - Three suspected drug mules will appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court next week, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

They were arrested at OR Tambo International Airport at the weekend for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs with a total value of about R1.5m into South Africa, Colonel Vishnu Naidoo.

On Saturday, Dawn Whelinena Sampson, from Guyana, arrived on a plane from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was searched, and found carrying three laptops.

"Police found just under 3kg of cocaine concealed inside the three laptops with a total value of approximately R1m."

Wilfredo Wilder Pen Saavedra, who is from Peru, arrived on the same flight, Naidoo said.

"He was suspected of having swallowed drugs, and after having undergone X-rays, it was discovered that he indeed had swallowed foreign objects suspected to be cocaine to the value of approximately R300 000," Naidoo said.

On Sunday, police arrested Nigerian citizen Odinaka Aloysius Ilona, also on a flight from Sao Paulo.

He was also suspected of having swallowed drugs. He was X-rayed and found to have swallowed cocaine.

"He has since discharged capsules [bullets] containing cocaine to the value of approximately R200 000."

He was still in hospital.

Sampson and Saavedra appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Monday and would remain in custody until their next court appearance on March 19. The case against Ilona was postponed, in absentia, to March 20.

Comments
  • Lyndatjie - 2012-03-14 17:33

    These drug pushers condemn our children and citizens to death by supplying them with drugs - so do the same to them - DEATH SENTENCE!

  • SALife - 2012-03-14 17:36

    The Chinese law would come in very handy here. These arrests and charges are undisputed.

  • Kolobe - 2012-03-14 17:39

    i knew a bloody nigerian would have a part here, now execute them

  • Rob - 2012-03-14 17:39

    This is sort of good news.....I suppose! But, I cannot help thinking that these mules must have had contacts in SA, and those contacts have bosses, and so on up the ladder to the top guys. Do you kill a snake if you cut of its tail? Let's just hope that the mules provide informationm even if it comes to plea bargaining.

      Patricia - 2012-03-17 10:10

      Unfortunately there is tooooo much corruption amongst some police and airport officials. Google locked up in a foreign country and read 'crimes against humanity' Even the ICD is dragging their feet.

  • Holden - 2012-03-14 17:43

    Clamping down on people coming off the Sao Paulo flights seems to me like clubbing baby seals. How about it if the police now focus their attention airside - on baggage theft by handlers whom ACSA have given a permit - based on them not having a criminal record.

  • Andrew - 2012-03-14 17:49

    Always guaranteed to be bloody Nigerians. Utter scum!!!!

      Afam - 2012-03-20 00:01

      Its very easy for you to blame Nigerians for every crime that goes on in SA.Don't forget that if there are no drug takers,which are obviously South Africans and drug manufactures which are South American there will not be drug dealers.If Nigerians are guilty of selling drugs then people like you who takes the drugs are equally guilty.Does Nigerians hijack cars,rape women or murder people?There are lots of criminals in SA,both blacks and whites,SA citizens and none citizens alike so stop hating on Nigerian Mr Andrew.

  • Nicholas Gibbens - 2012-03-14 17:50

    In my opinion giving drug mules the death sentence is a bit extreme when u consider the fact that rapists and murderes are walking out of jail after serving hardly anytime at all of the sentence they were given.

  • Vic - 2012-03-14 17:51

    what an idiot. Three laptops? Very suspicious! Agreed, bring back the noose. Our jails are overcrowded

  • Luvuko Nombembe - 2012-03-14 17:51

    Thank goodness they weren't from nigeria otherwise our government would have had to apologise to them and their government.

      maniza.ahoua - 2012-03-15 07:41

      Luvuko, you didn't read properly, there was a nigerian involved, what are drugs without the nigerian involved. apologise for what, we must get rid of these bad potato

  • RealNikka - 2012-03-14 17:51

    Dont these idiots watch "Banged up abroad"??? Haayi I think each KG found on a mule should be 1 life time sentence...So if you have 3 KGs then 3 life sentences for u....Death penalty should be brought back for obvious cases like this nxa

  • Morama - 2012-03-14 17:54

    How can we get rid of this nigerians from south africa?

      Martin - 2012-03-15 08:56

      vote them out

      Christina - 2012-03-15 10:18

      my question axactly, nigerians bring nothing but trouble to our S.Africa and when we complain they say we are xenophobiaas. everytime there is drug arrest there is always nigerian involved.

  • Mark - 2012-03-14 17:59

    These drug pushers have to 'push' real hard to deliver their crappy product. :)

  • Trevor - 2012-03-14 17:59

    Did the Nigerian not have a Yellow Fever Card......

  • Nick - 2012-03-14 18:45

    Did any of them work for SAA? hehe...

  • Chikwendu - 2012-03-14 18:47

    News24 I am happy you have become matured in the manner you report about Nigerians caught in drug trafficking. Keep up the maturity.

  • Goldtree - 2012-03-14 19:26

    Its about time too! When are these greedy retards going to get the point that drugs kill. Sometimes humanity is humanity's own enemy. By the way when i am not getting irked by those that profit from sin, I design... like the new http://www.goldtree.co.za. Yep - that's my work right there :)

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-14 21:05

    Um, so what have they been doing up until now? Turning a blind eye? The law has to be enforced every day, in every way. Not these periodic clampdowns that curiously increase the closer we get to Mangaung

  • malebo.more - 2012-03-15 08:29

    No bail.... Just hang them please.

  • Sechaba - 2012-03-15 09:00

    how did they suspect that those guys have swallowed drugs?? we got intelligent cops in RSA

  • Mohsin - 2012-03-15 10:08

    WELL DONE SAPS!

      Patricia - 2012-03-17 10:15

      MOLONES Please do yourself a favour and google locked up in a foreign country and read 'crimes against humanity'

  • tatsee - 2012-03-15 10:54

    You find Nigerians in Jhb driving Range Rover Evoques and GTIs and they say their source of income is selling cellphone chargers,cellphone covers and Nigerian movie discs!

  • Winsome - 2012-03-15 11:09

    I think this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many, many more coming in without being caught.

  • Mc - 2012-03-15 12:04

    Nigerians are scum of the earth!!! They helped save Se'Africans from apartheid in my ass!!!

  • Patricia - 2012-03-17 10:05

    The person who uses drugs has a free choice!!! Either you smoke and drink or you don't.BIG DEAL!! We all know that these were not the drug mules but the decoys. The huge amount went through while the decoys were stopped because before these people landed they were tipped off. Why were they not stopped in their own country Peru? This is due to corruption by some police and airport authorities. If you are interested to know more google Locked Up in a foreign country and read Crimes against Humanity!!

  • Rashida - 2012-04-02 09:40

    THESE DRUG MULES DESTROYS THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN ESPECIALLY THE NIGERIANS WHO USES OUR SISTERS AND DAUGHTERS WHO COME FROM A DISADVANTAGE BACKGROUND.WHY DONT THEY USE THEIR OWN PEOPLE TO DO THEIR DIRTY WORK.

  • Rashida - 2012-04-02 09:48

    @AFAM YES NIGERIANS DO RAPE AND MURDER.THEY EVEN PROSTITUTE PEOPLE,MY BEST FRIEND THOUHHGT THAT HER BOYFRIEND LOVED HER(NIGERIAN GUY)BUT HE ONLY USED HER TO TRANSPORT HIS DRUGS,SHE HAD TO PROSTITUTE HERSELF OTHERWISE HE WOULD BEAT HER BADLY.NOW SHE IS DEAD.DIED OF HIV AND LEFT HER 3MONTH OLD DAUGHTER BEHIND.AND HE HAS A NEW LADY REPLACING HER.GO BACK TO NIGERIA

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