Laptop bags filled with cocaine intercepted at OR Tambo

Cocaine worth an estimated R2.6 million was found in laptop bags with hidden compartments at OR Tambo International Airport on Monday.

SARS customs officials and a drug detecting dog unit sniffed out the stash‚ weighing in at 9.16kg.

“The goods belonged to a woman in transit travelling from Sao Paulo to Maputo‚ Mozambique‚ who claimed to have no check-in baggage‚” said a statement by SARS spokesman Sandile Memela.

“Upon investigation by the Customs officials it was discovered that the traveller was the owner of a bag that contained eight laptop bags with hidden compartments laden with a white powdery substance. The white substance tested positive for cocaine.”

The woman and her luggage were handed over to the police.

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