Drugs Worth R8-m Found

Drugs Worth R8-m Found

Drugs Worth R8-m Found: Drugs worth R8 million had been found by SARS customs officials during two busts within 48 hours at OR Tambo International Airport. Upon further investigation, they uncovered ecstasy in 42 containers, which was in transit from Sweden to Malawi. During the first incident on Tuesday, 13.2kg of ecstasy valued at R3 960 000 was found at the Johannesburg International Mail Centre. It was discovered when customs officials became suspicious of cream containers that had damaged seals. The second incident took place on Wednesday when a detector dog reacted to twelve containers of cream. The containers were on their way to Windhoek from Sao Paulo. Authorities found 15kg of cocaine inside the containers, with an estimated value of R4 315 500.

What are the penalties for drug-related offences?

Any person who:

  • obstructs or fails to cooperate with a police investigation into a drug-related offence shall be liable to imprisonment for no longer than twelve months or a fine, or to both a fine and imprisonment.
  • uses or possesses an illegal substance or tries to frame another person by placing such a substance in their vehicle or premises, is liable to a fine or to imprisonment for no longer than five years, or to a fine and imprisonment.
  • deals in an illegal drug is liable to a fine or to imprisonment for no longer than 10 years, or to a fine and imprisonment.
  • illegally manufactures a scheduled substance, or who use or possesses a dangerous dependency-producing substance, is liable to a fine or to imprisonment for no longer than 15 years, or to both a fine and imprisonment.
  • deals in a dangerous dependency-producing substance is liable to imprisonment for no longer than 25 years, or to both imprisonment and a fine.

Drugs Worth R8-m Found

 

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