Trio arrested after cocaine found at King Shaka Airport

2014-12-12 00:00

THREE men appeared in court yesterday after R400 000 worth of cocaine was found at the King Shaka International Airport in Durban.

Ebrahiem Cook (24), Chukwononso Mgbemena (37) and Osondo Ibem ­Uduka (44) appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court and were remanded in custody until December 18.

Police said one of the men, a suspected drug mule, was arrested when he was searched at the airport after arriving on a plane from São Paulo, Brazil via Dubai.

He was allegedly found with cocaine weighing more than 1,14 kilograms with an estimated value of R400 000 hidden inside roll-on deodorant and shampoo bottles in his luggage.

The other two were arrested when they arrived at the airport to pick up the suspected drug mule.

“They were all charged for being in possession of drugs,” said police spokesperson Jay Naicker.

Other drugs busts before the courts:

• On February 17, Eugene Brits (43) was arrested at the airport, allegedly with 1,5 kg of cocaine taped to his body, travelling on a flight from São Paolo to Durban. The trial will be heard from July 28 to July 29 at Verulam Court.

• Drugs worth R6,5 million were found among saris from India at the Durban airport on October 24. The saris concealed 36 kg of crystal methamphetamine (known as tik). The trial of Lindy Walker (28), Abel du Plessis (29) and Sibongile Mthembu (36) will start on July 1 at ­Verulam Magistrate’s Court.

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