Airport employees arrested with R5.2-m of cocaine in their hand luggage

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Three people have been arrested for dealing in drugs at OR Tambo International Airport in separate incidents on Saturday.

Two of the suspects, a 37-year-old man and a woman aged 27, are employees at the airport.

Brig Vishu Naidoo, police spokesman, said on Saturday morning at about 11am at the general aviation section of the airport, police at the entrance searched the hand luggage of a man and woman. They discovered cocaine weighing 18.3kg with an estimated street value of R5.2 million.

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It was further discovered the two are employees at the airport.

Later on Saturday an operation conducted by the police and customs officials yielded positive results when they intercepted a consignment of ephedrine at the Swiss port. The drugs were found concealed in vehicle oil filters packed inside containers.

Six big forensic bags were used to take the drugs to a laboratory for weighing. A 43-year-old man was arrested for dealing in drugs.

These successes are a culmination of efforts that form part of the new revised strategy that has been implemented at OR Tambo International Airport under the leadership of Major General Dimakatso Ndaba.

The strategy involves the South African Police Service’s Crime Intelligence, Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation, Airports Company South Africa, OR Tambo International Airport, State Security Agency and other role players.

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