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R17m fake Viagra bust at airport

2011-01-24 22:46

Johannesburg - Two consignments of counterfeit Viagra worth R17m were seized at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, national police said on Monday.

"Police confiscated the first consignment on January 20, worth R6m, and the second [on Sunday], worth R11m," said national police spokesperson Dennis Adriao.

He said both consignments were from Hong Kong and destined for Johannesburg.

Police picked up the contraband by profiling and technology, Adriao said.

"We verified that it was counterfeit and this could pose a possible health risk to people who take it."

Police were investigating both cases and no arrests have been made.

Police also seized a number of elephant tusks, a leopard skin and fake passports at the airport on the same day.

Adriao said police would not elaborate too much on the case due to the investigation, but five or six tusks were confiscated along with the skin and 33 passports from different countries, including South Africa.

Airport police arrested a 24-year-old man at Lanseria for being in possession of four weapons, two of which were verified to be stolen.

"He had three rifles and one shotgun," Adriao said.

Police verified that one of the rifles was stolen in a house robbery in Muldersdrift and the shotgun was stolen from police in Kuruman.

"We are still investigating and trying to track down where the other two were stolen from."

Comments
  • Macho Mike - 2011-01-24 23:15

    Eish, so the cops found two consignments of counterfeit Viagra worth R17m. Impresive. For once they "rose to the occasion", and were "hard on" the heels of the criminals.But i'm sure the criminal will a"piel" his case if found guilty.

      4nic8 - 2011-01-25 08:30

      this just shows us how HARD crime is these days.Hope they ERECT a proper system to detect these HARDCORE crimninals.Im sure they would get a STIFF sentence and im sure there is not going to be any FLOPS with the sentencing.

      Flee - 2011-01-25 11:57

      Dont even joke Macho... This Adrio guy was onighveld Stereo this morning... Saying that there had been... blah blah blah... and although some arrests were made they were still hoping to capture the "Mastermind"... and when they do he will face a STIFF sentence... WWaahahaha... I almost hit the pavement...

      Vaaltyn - 2011-10-04 06:19

      I talk under erection, but wasn't this stuff fake?

  • Adrien - 2011-01-25 00:41

    I hope the criminals get stiff sentances !!!

  • Thapzelo - 2011-01-25 01:50

    A job well done

  • Wes - 2011-01-25 04:41

    I'm sure they celebrated afterwards with a "stiff one"

  • Will99 - 2011-01-25 07:14

    Does it still give you a stiffy though? hahaha

  • Soothsayer - 2011-01-25 07:27

    Fake or genuine viagra,believe me the users will argue that the pill was doing a good job.It is in the mind.

  • thabiso.marumo - 2011-01-25 10:03

    Fake Viagra does it give fake erection. If it gives a real erection then is it still fake, did they analyze the chemicals in it and compared them to a so-called real viagra to determine how fake it is. If the chemicals in it are the same as the real viagra and both give the same erection then ....."We verified that it was counterfeit and this could pose a possible health risk to people who take it." How was this done.

      Flee - 2011-01-25 12:04

      Thabiso ...LOL ... No ROTFL... No Pee My Pants.. I have heard of a woman faking an orgasm.. but a man faking an erection... wwwaaahahah now this I gotta see

  • Ettienne - 2011-01-25 10:53

    Would this "stand-up" in Court

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-01-25 12:00

      I hope the prosecutor will "rise" to the occasion to prsecute these conmen and hand I hope the judge will handout a "stiff" sentence.

  • emzozo.. - 2011-01-25 11:43

    does this mean ppl were getting fake erections from the fake viagra??? hmmmmm

  • whitespear@24.com - 2011-01-25 13:58

    I wonder why South Africans need so much Viagra? Dont we just need hotter women?

      JuluisMalema - 2011-01-26 12:37

      Ja nee kyk hierdie boere piele het nie viagra nodig nie seker net vir die buitelanders en darkies.

      JuluisMalema - 2011-01-26 12:38

      ons vrouens kan nogal doen met dit iets wat hulle 'n turn on gee, en ontslae raak van die hoofpyn en so aan.

  • JuluisMalema - 2011-01-25 15:11

    Fake viagra propably make your pielietjie go slap.

  • coolwaynie - 2011-01-26 07:43

    This article sure made me stand to attention and face the hard facts.

  • mabsie - 2011-10-04 01:28

    Anyone taking black market drugs and not going through normal channels deserves the result.

  • pig - 2011-10-04 06:33

    it must have been a hard case, bet they will get a stiff penalty!!

  • Louis Rocky Oxford - 2015-05-09 18:19

    No hard drives here any more only floppies

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