Detector dog scores two busts worth R600 000

Pretoria, 2 February 2016 – The well-trained SARS Custom Control detector dog busted narcotics worth over R500 000 at two separate routine checks in two separate incidents at OR Tambo International Airport yesterday (Monday 1 Feb).
 
In both instances, the dog indicated something was amiss when he sat down next to the parcels which were then selected for inspection at two courier outlets.
 
In the first incident, the dog intercepted a consignment declared as Citronella Scented Wax Melts to Budapest. Upon inspection this turned out to be 77 blocks of compressed Cannabis weighing 77kg valued at R107 800.
 
The dagga was concealed under pieces of soap.
 
In a follow up incident, dog reacted positively to a box filled with clothing destined to Amsterdam. Upon closer inspection small packets containing power were found hidden in the linings of the box.
 
This turned out to be heroin valued at R484 344.
 
Both consignments were handed over to the South African Police Service for investigation.
 
At a separate incident, Custom Control officials busted a Malawian taxi passenger carrying heroin worth R788 900 at Golela Border post in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
 
The man was travelling from Mozambique when all passengers were asked to disembark for their bags to be inspected.
 
One abandoned bag was stripped open and heroin weighing 1.127kg was found.
 
The man was handed over to the police for criminal prosecution in Pongola, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
 
See the pictures here.