Smugglers used jam tins to hide drugs

2015-03-03 06:10

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Johannesburg - Drugs with an estimated street value of R16m were seized at OR Tambo International Airport at the weekend, the SA Revenue Service said on Monday.

A man travelling from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Lagos, Nigeria via Johannesburg was found in possession of 6.7kg of cocaine -hidden in jam tins - with an estimated street value of R1.7m on Sunday, Sars spokesperson Marika Muller said in a statement.

A woman with a connecting flight to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo was found in possession of more than 16.8kg of cocaine concealed in her handbags.

The cocaine had an estimated street value of R4.8m, Muller said.

On Friday evening, a man travelling from Cotonou, Benin was found in possession of three bags each holding a large plastic "jerry can" (fuel container) with small packets of liquid ecstasy totalling 30 litres inside it.

The drugs had an estimated street value of R9m, Muller said.

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