South African Revenue Service (Sars) customs officials intercepted 6.5kg of cocaine worth, R1.8-million, inside tubes of cream at OR Tambo International Airport, Sars said on Friday.
“The goods were from Sao Paolo, Brazil, and were destined for Harare, Zimbabwe, when a physical examination was done (Thursday). A drug test on the contents of the tube tested positive for cocaine and the goods have been handed over to South African Police Service for further investigation,” Sars said in a statement.
Recently Sars confiscated 271kg of cocaine with an estimated value of R78 million. The narcotics, en route from Sao Paulo to Nairobi in Kenya, were found in a warehouse during a routine operation. In a separate incident, a man was also arrested recently with R16.8 kilograms of gold bars with an estimated value of R8 million at OR Tambo airport.