FOUR DRUG MULES INTERCEPTED BY SOUTH AFRICAN AUTHORITIES

Four drug mules, attempting to smuggle cocaine worth more than 4.2 million Rand (about 303,000 Rand) have been intercepted at the OR Tambo International Airport here over the weekened, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) says.

The SARS said in a statement here Monday that the four were intercepted in four different incidents at the airport at the weekend.

On Sunday, a Bolivian female passenger in transit to Maputo, Mozambique, was found with a bag which a detector dog reacted positively to after X-ray scanners revealed four blocks of a white powdery substance. "These were confirmed to be cocaine weighing 9.0 kilogrammes worth an estimated 2,589,000 Rand," said the SARS.

On Friday, a South African airline female crew member was subjected to a physical search which revealed a body wrap underneath her uniform with cocaine weighing 6.585 kg estimated at nearly 1.9 million Rand.

"The third incident was a South African female who admitted to having narcotics estimated at 575,400 Rand. She claimed to have no luggage but this was brought to a search area where two detector dogs reacted positively to body bags hidden inside her handbag."

In the fourth incident, a Congolese man in transit to Kinshasa was subjected to a body search and referred to hospital for X-ray where a scan revealed objects in his stomach that tested positive for cocaine after he expelled one of them.

"All four persons have been handed over to the South African Police Service (SAPS) for further investigation and possible prosecution and are expected to appear in court," said the SARS.

The SARS also said a white powdery substance weighing 6.20 kg estimated at 1.8 million Rand in a box from India tested positive for Ephedrine during a random check at a mail distribution outlet.

The narcotics were handed over to SAPS for further investigation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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