Thursday, October 13, 2022

Man, 69, arrested at OR Tambo International Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs worth over R1m to India

Durban: A 69-year-old man is expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Friday following a bust at OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday.

According to Gauteng police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda, the man was found in possession of eight kilograms of heroin, with a street value of around R1.2 million concealed in his travelling bag.

“Counter Narcotics Intelligence Head Office, Organised Crime Narcotics Head Office and K9 Unit West Rand operationalised intelligence information and intercepted the suspect as he attempted to board a flight destined for India,” Netshiunda said in a statement.

The accused has been charged with possession and dealing in drugs.

The arrest comes less than a month after a multidisciplinary team arrested a 52-year-old man for drug trafficking following a bust at King Shaka International Airport.

In a statement, Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo, said the man was found with just over six kilograms of cocaine, valued at around R2.2m in his luggage. The man was believed to have been on his way to the Philippines. He has since appeared in court and investigations continue.

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