Cocaine worth R3.3m found in woman's luggage at OR Tambo

2019-01-28 15:14
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A woman who was en route to Cape Town from Sao Paulo in Brazil is expected to appear in court on Tuesday after R3.3m worth of cocaine was found in her checked-in luggage at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday.

The 39-year-old's luggage was intercepted by members of the South African Revenue Service's Customs and Excise unit and taken to the search area.

She initially denied that she had checked in the luggage.

"Upon searching the luggage, three blocks wrapped in black plastic which were further wrapped in blankets were found inside. Preliminary testing confirmed the contents of the blocks to be illegal drugs weighing over 10kg, with an estimated street value of R3.3 million," Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said in a statement on Monday.

The woman will appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of dealing in and possession of illegal drugs.

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