Pretoria, 20 February 2018 – Customs officials of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) made two drugs busts at OR Tambo International Airport this past week seizing crystal meth valued at over R18 million.
On Saturday SARS Customs officials were conducting a baggage scan of a male passenger who had arrived in South Africa from Nairobi, Kenya.
They noticed suspicious objects in his three bags and conducted a further search, subsequently discovering 12 plastic bags containing a white powdery substance.
Drug tests confirmed that the substance was crystal methamphetamine valued at R17 202 000. The drugs and the passenger were handed over to the South African Police Service for further investigation.
In a separate incident on Friday, SARS Customs officials found a parcel which was destined to Malaysia via courier. The parcel was declared as “gifts” but on closer inspection, officials discovered sachets containing a white crystal substance. A drug test confirmed it was crystal meth, valued at just under R1 million. The case was also handed over to the SAPS.