OR Tambo officials make their biggest ever cocaine bust

Customs officials at OR Tambo International Airport made what the South African Revenue of Service (SARS) calls their “biggest” cocaine bust on Saturday.

“Customs officials… confiscated 271kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of R78 million at the Oliver Tambo International Airport.

It marks the biggest ever cocaine bust by Customs officials in South Africa‚” SARS said in a statement.

The drugs en route from Sao Paulo to Nairobi‚ Kenya‚ were found in a cargo warehouse during routine operations‚ SARS said.

“The specific shipment‚ indicated as ‘cosmetics’ on official documentation‚ was identified for closer inspection through Customs profiling techniques.

“A physical inspection was conducted after narcotic detector dogs reacted positively to the cargo. Officials found hair products packed in boxes.

A drug test on a number of randomly selected containers all gave an immediate positive reaction to Cocaine.”

The drugs were handed over to the police for further investigation‚ SARS said.


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