Drugs, counterfeit goods seized at OR Tambo Airport

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pretoria - Counterfeit goods and drugs worth over R8.3 million were seized by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) during raids at OR Tambo International Airport.

The drugs and the counterfeit goods, with a combined weight of 1 998kg, were seized at OR Tambo International Airport over the weekend.

“With an estimated value of more than R8.3 million, the goods were uncovered during raids of various cargo sheds at the airport. Customs officials opened various consignments from Hong Kong, destined for different suburban addresses in Gauteng,” said SARS in a statement on Tuesday.

Cell phones, sneakers, shirts, tracksuit tops and high quality label goods were discovered in three separate incidents at various airline cargo sheds. These included 13 consignments of a leading fashion brand weighing 775kg, estimated at R3 240 000.

In another incident over the weekend, the Customs Detector Dog Unit intercepted a female passenger from Sao Paolo in possession of 6.945kg of cocaine worth R1 998 000 in her luggage.

The bag contained several packages labelled ‘Brazilian coffee’.

“Upon closer inspection, some packages were filled with a substance that tested positively for cocaine after a detector dog reacted positively to it,” SARS said. - SAnews.gov.za

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