Woman found with drugs worth R1m at OR Tambo

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

A 42-year old woman is in police custody after being arrested at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with over R1 million worth of drugs – believed to be cocaine – in her possession, police said on Sunday

“The South African woman arrived from Sao Paulo on a South African Airways flight yesterday [Saturday],” police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said.

“Members from Customs and Excise conducted routine checks and discovered that the woman had concealed over 4 kilograms of drugs, believed to be cocaine, in books which were in her check-in luggage. The drugs are valued at over R1.2 million.”

The woman is expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrates’ court on Monday on charges of dealing in drugs.

“In the meantime the drugs will be forensically tested to determine if it is indeed cocaine,” Naidoo said.

Earlier this year, it was reported that a woman was arrested by the Durban Flying Squad’s Narcotics Task Team yesterday and charged with drug dealing.

KwaZulu-Natal police found 936 pieces of rock cocaine, 300 mandrax tablets and 1 600 straws of heroin hidden in the woman’s kitchen.

Members had been patrolling the area when they followed up on information about drugs in the area. They proceeded to an identified house, where they started searching. Drugs worth an estimated street value of R120 000 were recovered.


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