If you missed it, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) made their biggest cocaine bust at the Oliver Tambo International Airport on Saturday, 18 February 2017.
Yes, SARS confiscated 271kg of cocaine. The cocaine were packed in hair products and estimated to worth R78 million.
In a media statement, SARS related that it was their biggest cocaine bust.
“…It marks the biggest ever cocaine bust by Customs officials in South Africa. The narcotics, en route from Sao Paulo to Nairobi, Kenya, were found in a cargo warehouse during routine operations.
“The specific shipment indicated as ‘cosmetics’ on official documentation, was identified for closer inspection through Customs profiling techniques,” SARS narrated.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that a physical inspection was conducted after narcotic detector dogs reacted positively to the cargo.
Officials were however, confused as they only found hair products packed in boxes. Nonetheless, they decided to run a drug test on a number of randomly selected containers which all gave an immediate positive reaction to Cocaine.
The cocaine was handed over to the Police for further investigation.
Earlier this month, Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) in Johannesburg arrested a 37-year-old woman for dealing in drugs.
The arrest happened after Police followed up information about drug dealers in Buccleauch. There, they found a Nigerian woman, Clara Maduka in possession of 594 wrapped cocaine rocks.
Maduka was immediately arrested, dragged to Alexandra Magistrates Court for dealing in drugs and remanded in custody.
Commenting on the arrest, the Acting Provincial Head of Gauteng’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Brigadier Sekelema Lewele warned drug dealers that the directorate wouldn’t stop striving to arrest anyone who is dealing, manufacturing and distributing drugs in South Africa.
Brigadier Lewele praised officers who are working tirelessly to nab drug dealers saying: “it is our mandate to get rid of the scourge of drugs within our communities… We will do so without fear or favour,” he added.