Man arrested for unclaimed bag with R6-million Ephedrine

Pretoria, 26 May 2016 – SARS Customs officials intercepted a man that claimed an unaccompanied bag containing 20kg of ephedrine valued at R6-million at the OR Tambo International Airport yesterday.

The interception followed collaborative efforts between SARS, airline officials and SAPS.  The bag from Dar es Salaam was scanned and found to contain four 5kg bags of a crystal-like substance that tested positively for ephedrine, a principal ingredient of crystal methamphetamine.

The man approached Customs to claim the bag. Immediately after signing for delivery he was arrested by South African Police Service officers to be formally charged for drug possession.