Rhino Horn smugglers caught at OR Tambo

2014-10-31 21:05
A customs officer checks confiscated ivory. (Sakchai Lalit, AP)

A customs officer checks confiscated ivory. (Sakchai Lalit, AP)

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Johannesburg - Two men were arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on Friday for possession of rhino horn worth an estimated R4.5 million, the SA Revenue Service said.

"As a result of specific, targeted profiling work, two foreign nationals travelling from Maputo to Vietnam via Johannesburg were intercepted in the international departures section of the airport for additional searches," said spokesperson Marika Muller.

A Sars detector dog, who was specifically trained to identify rhino horn, reacted positively to the two bags that the men were carrying.

The bags together contained 34 large pieces of horn, weighing 41kg.

"This is the biggest ever seizure of rhino horn by the Sars customs team at OR Tambo International," said Muller.

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