Cocaine worth R18-million seized

South Africa
Drugs were discovered during a routine search of traveller's bags. Officials found rollers with yarn inside the man's bag. The rollers were "exceptionally heavy" and so a police sniffer dog was called in. "The dog reacted positively." Picture: AFP

LIMPOPO - A man attempting to smuggle cocaine with an estimated street value of R18 million across the Beit Bridge border post has been arrested, Limpopo police said on Sunday.

"The drugs were discovered during a routine search of traveller's bags," said Colonel Ronel Otto in a statement.

She said a police official had found rollers with yarn inside the man's bag. The rollers were "exceptionally heavy" and so a police sniffer dog was called in.

"The dog reacted positively."

The yarn was removed from the rollers and plastic bags containing the cocaine were then removed.

"The cocaine found weighed a total of 10.8 kilograms with an estimated value of R12 million," said Otto.

She said more cocaine, weighing 5.2 kilograms and with an estimated street value of R6.4 million, was found in a false compartment in the bag.

The man, aged 36, will appear in the Musina Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of smuggling and possession of drugs.

-Sapa

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