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SARS busts R6.5 kg of cocaine at OR Tambo airport

JOHANNESBURG, March 17 – 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 kilogrammes of gold bars with an estimated value of R8 million at OR Tambo airport.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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