Drugs hidden in ironing boards at airport

2015-08-13 16:10
Drugs have been found in ironing boards at OR Tambo international. (Supplied, Sars)

Drugs have been found in ironing boards at OR Tambo international. (Supplied, Sars)

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Johannesburg - Drugs worth more than R2m were discovered hidden in ironing boards at OR Tambo International Airport's mail centre, the SA Revenue Service (SARS) said on Thursday.

"While conducting random inspections at the mail centre, a customs officer spotted a parcel coming from India declared as ironing boards. Importation of ironing boards through the mail raised her suspicion and the officer decided to check the parcel thoroughly," Sars said in a statement.

This happened on Wednesday, a day after another consignment of crystal methamphetamine was seized - also in the mail centre.

"When she opened the parcel, she noticed that the ironing board trimmings were tampered with and she cut the bottom lining open. Each ironing board contained a packet of ephedrine [crystal meth].

"The total weight of the drug was 7kg with an estimated street value of R2 100 000."

(Supplied, Sars)

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