Cocaine Bust At OR Tambo International Airport
Cocaine Bust At OR Tambo International Airport: SARS Customs officials and detector dogs intercepted four drug mules trying to smuggle cocaine estimated at more than R4.2-million in four separate incidents at OR Tambo International Airport over this last weekend. They also intercepted a box from India that contained Ephedrine, weighing 6.20kg, worth R1.8-m during a random check at a mail distribution outlet – raising the total of the drug busts to over R6.8 million. In an earlier incident on Friday, a South African airline female crew member was subjected to a physical search that revealed a body wrap underneath her uniform with cocaine weighing 6.585kg estimated at R1.894 504.
The third incident was, again, with a suspicious looking South African female who admitted to having narcotics estimated at R575 400. She claimed to have no luggage but this was brought to a search area where two detector dogs reacted positively to body bags hidden inside her handbag. The fourth incident involved a Congolese male in transit to Kinshasa who was subjected to a body search and referred to hospital for X-rays where a scan revealed objects in his stomach that tested positive for cocaine after he expelled one of them. All four persons have been handed over to the South African Police Service for further investigation and possible prosecution. In the final incident, a white powdery substance weighing 6.20kg, estimated at R1.8-million, in a box from India tested positive for Ephedrine during a random check at a mail distribution outlet. All items were handed over to the SAPS for further investigation.