Pretoria, 06 July 2016 – South African Revenue Service Customs officials discovered wedding cards en-route to Australia concealing 3,5kg of heroin worth a street value of over R1 million on Monday, 4 July.
The parcel containing the cards was profiled by the dog detector unit during a routine inspection at an international courier company at the OR Tambo International Airport. The weight of the A4 sized cards were extremely inconsistent with that of a normal card and upon examination, were found to have false compartments containing a powdery substance. The substance tested positively for heroin. The exact rand value of the consignment is R 1, 050 000.
In a separate incident, also at OR Tambo International, a female South African passenger, on an inbound flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was stopped and found to be carrying 4,2kg of cocaine, valued at R1, 2 Million. The bust took place after an examination of the passenger’s backpack revealed a false compartment containing a white powder testing positive for cocaine.
Both cases and confiscations were handed to the South African Police Service for further investigation.