2 arrested at OR Tambo airport with rhino horn worth R2m in their luggage

2019-01-30 11:44

Police have arrested two people with 10 pieces of rhino horn worth R2m in their luggage at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

"During an intelligence-driven operation, members of the detective team at the airport followed up information about the smuggling of horns.

"The suspects arrived at the airport with the intention of boarding a flight to Vietnam, but they were intercepted by the SAPS team and their luggage was searched," Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said in a statement on Wednesday.

Read: Footage shows OR Tambo Airport security 'accepting' cash bribe

The arrest on Tuesday night followed an investigation by the members of the multi-disciplinary team at the airport, he said.

"This arrest is indicative of their commitment to rid the airport of criminality. 

"Successes such as this, are a culmination of efforts that form part of the revised strategy that has been implemented at the OR Tambo International Airport," Mogale added.

The suspects - aged 36 and 40 - were charged with illegal possession of rhino horn and will appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court soon.

Read more on:    or tambo international airport  |  johannesburg  |  crime  |  rhino poaching  |  poaching

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