Disabled man in cocaine bust at airport

2014-01-22 09:07

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Johannesburg - A disabled man was caught with more than a kilogram of cocaine hidden in his suitcase at O R Tambo International Airport, on Tuesday, said the Hawks.

The 46-year-old, wheelchair-bound man was arrested in a sting carried out minutes after he arrived in the country from Dubai at 10:30, said Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko.

He said two packets of cocaine were found in the back pockets of each of nine pairs of jeans in the man's suitcase. The cocaine was worth an estimated R350 000 on the street.

"The man is a regular traveller and he is believed to be part of a bigger syndicate with international links dealing in drugs," said Ramaloko.

He would appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

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