Pretoria, 21 October 2016 – The South African Revenue Service Detector Dog Unit confiscated Heroin to the value of R7,9 Million at Lebombo border post yesterday. They did this with the help of one of SARS’ narcotics detector dogs.
The drugs, wrapped in twenty-five yellow parcels, were found hidden in the door panels and behind the driver seat of a corsa bakkie entering South Africa from Mozambique. The parcels weighed 26,6 kg in total.
A Customs and Excise Detector Dog Handler was performing a random search at the import inspection gate of the border, when a corsa bakkie was stopped for inspection.
The driver of the vehicle made no declaration and consented to Customs proceeding with the inspection. Several positive indications by the detector dog prompted a further search which led to the discovery of the drugs.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of contravening the Customs and Excise Act and Drug Trafficking Act. The consignment of heroin and the vehicle have been released to the South African Police Service for further investigation.