Sars seizes cocaine worth R17m on Zim border

2013-07-16 17:13

Crystal cocaine with an estimated street value of R17 million has been seized at the South Africa-Zimbabwe Beit Bridge border post.

“The drugs were found concealed in a bag of surgical-equipment kits being brought into the country by a female passenger on a long-distance bus travelling between Blantyre (Malawi) and Johannesburg,” the SA Revenue Service (Sars) said in a statement today.

The drugs were found by a Sars customs officer who was doing a routine check of the bus.

“When the bag was found, the passenger to whom it belonged showed the customs officer a ‘sample’ surgical kit which appeared to be genuine.

“However, on checking the remaining kits, the customs officer found a crystalline substance at the bottom of all the kits – which had been concealed by the surgical instruments.”

The woman and the drugs were handed over to police.

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