Drug smugglers nabbed at airport

2012-11-05 19:59


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Johannesburg - Seven people have been arrested for drug possession after disembarking from flights at OR Tambo International Airport, says the SA Revenue Service.

"In the past four days, the Sars customs team at OR Tambo International have prevented over 17kg of drugs from entering the country," spokesperson Marika Muller said on Monday.

Most of those arrested were South African citizens trying to smuggle the drugs into the country.

A man, who arrived on a flight from New Dehli via Doha was caught with 10kg of crystal meth, known as tik, on Friday.

"His luggage was searched and the drugs were found concealed in shoes, rolls of ribbon and lever arch files."

The tik had a street value of R3.7m, said Muller.

At least six people were also busted in separate incidents from Saturday to Monday.

"They all disembarked from flights that arrived from Sao Paolo, Brazil.

They carried at least 7kg of cocaine between them.

"Some of the drugs were concealed in body wraps under clothing and in luggage.

"One of them had wrapped the drugs in a shape of 'bullets' and had them inserted in the anus.

Some of the drugs were found discarded in one of the flight's sewer system."

All seven were handed over to the police, said Muller.

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