Female drug mule denied bail in local court

Lena de Waal (33), who is facing charges of contravening the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act, was denied bail at Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

De Waal landed at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday morning from Sao Paulo in Brazil.

Hawks were following up on information regarding a suspected drug mule who was reported to have boarded a flight from Sao Paulo the previous night. A routine check was conducted at the check-in points and authorities recovered 5kg of cocaine with an estimated value of R2 million concealed and wrapped in foil inside the suspect’s luggage.

The suspect was immediately arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime in Johannesburg.

De Waal was remanded in custody and the case postponed to April 25 for a formal bail application.

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