Third arrest made at O R Tambo in suspected drug syndicate

2016-03-05 10:39


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Cape Town – A Norwegian man was arrested for possession of 24kg of Khat at O R Tambo International Airport this week, police said on Saturday.

The 45-year-old was arrested during a routine search as he was about to board a Zurich-bound flight on Thursday night, said police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo.

He said the illegal stimulant had an estimated street value of almost R50 000.

Khat is a leafy plant, indigenous to east Africa, and is used as a stimulant when chewed.

The man was set to appear in the Kempton Magistrate’s Court on Monday on a charge of dealing in drugs.

His arrest was the latest in ongoing efforts aimed at ensuring the airport was not used as a transit channel for drug smuggling, said Naidoo.

On Monday, a 22-year-old woman travelling on a Norwegian passport appeared in the same court on a drug-dealing charge.

Najmo Abokar Ibrahim was also arrested as she was about to board a Zurich-bound flight in Johannesburg last week.

Naidoo said officers found 17kg of Khat, with an estimated street value of R34 400, in her possession.

In remarkably similar fashion, a 50-year-old man on a British passport was arrested at the airport last month as he was about to board for Zurich.

Graeme John Richards was arrested after being found with 26kg of Khat, with an estimated street value of R52 000.

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