Suspected drug mule nabbed as police tackle crime at the airport

2017-11-22 09:43
(iStock)

(iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg – A 38-year-old suspected drug mule was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport after flying in from São Paulo, Brazil

"[The] woman was being monitored after intelligence was provided that she will be arriving into the country from São Paulo with drugs," police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said.

She was interviewed and searched at customs, but nothing was found.

"This was until she started to show signs of discomfort," Naidoo added, saying that the woman was taken to a local hospital for x-rays. 

"The x-ray revealed foreign objects in the shape of bullets.  The 'bullets', suspected to be cocaine, were retrieved and they will be sent to our Forensic Science Laboratory for analysis."

Police also intercepted a parcel, containing 51 lion claws and 19 lion teeth, at OR Tambo International Airport, which was en route to Nigeria.

"The parcel was handed over to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) for further investigation."

In another incident at the airport, police confiscated alleged counterfeit goods with an estimated street value of R2.8m, while conducting gate checks.

Naidoo said a Swissport truck was inspected by authorities.

"The truck had cargo of boxes carrying Nike sneakers. The driver allegedly abandoned the truck and fled on foot. The goods, which were falsely declared as printed matter, and the truck were confiscated."

Naidoo said police had implemented a "revised strategy" at the airport which saw different authorities collaborating.

The public can call Crime Stop on 0860 010 111 with any information that could lead to arrests.

Read more on:    or tambo international airport  |  johannesburg  |  narcotics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.