South Africa 17.3.2017 02:16 pm

Sars seizes R6.5 kg of cocaine worth R1.8m at OR Tambo

Cocaine file picture.

Cocaine file picture.

Recently, Sars confiscated 271kg of cocaine with an estimated value of R78m.

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.

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