Customs seizes coke worth R17m

Johannesburg - Crystal cocaine worth an estimated street value of R17m was seized on Tuesday at the Beit Bridge border post with Zimbabwe, the SA Revenue Service (Sars) said.

"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," it said in a statement.

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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