Drugs worth R6.8m intercepted at OR Tambo

2016-12-05 18:03


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Johannesburg - Four suspected drug mules were intercepted by SARS over the weekend at OR Tambo International Airport. 

"SARS Customs officials and detector dogs intercepted three drug mules trying to smuggle cocaine estimated at more than R4.2m," a press release by SARS said on Monday. 

"We also intercepted a box from India that contained Ephedrine weighing 6.20kg, worth R1.8m, during a random check at a mail distribution outlet – raising the total of the drug busts to over R6.8m."

On Friday, a South African airline female crew member was subjected to a physical search that revealed a body wrap underneath her uniform, with cocaine weighing 6.585kg.

Then a "suspicious looking" South African female admitted to having narcotics worth about R575 400 in her handbag. 

The third suspected drug mule was a Congolese man in transit to Kinshasa, who was subjected to a body search. He was referred to a hospital for X-ray, where a scan revealed objects in his stomach that tested positive for cocaine after he expelled one of them," the SARS statement said.

All four suspects were handed over to police.

In another airport incident, Radio 2000 reported that a 30-year-old man was arrested on Monday at Durban's King Shaka International airport after R12m in cash was found in his bags. 

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