Drug bust at OR Tambo, Cape Town bus terminal


Two Chinese men were arrested for allegedly dealing in drugs in Cyrildene, east of Johannesburg, on Thursday, the Hawks said.

PRETORIA - A 42-year-old woman is in police custody after being arrested at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with over R1-million worth of drugs – believed to be cocaine – in her possession, police said on Sunday.

“The South African woman arrived from Sao Paulo on a South African Airways flight yesterday (Saturday),” police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo said.

“Members from Customs and Excise conducted routine checks and discovered that the woman had concealed over 4kg of drugs, believed to be cocaine, in books which were in her check-in luggage. The drugs are valued at over R1,2-million.”

The woman is expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of dealing in drugs.

“In the meantime the drugs will be forensically tested to determine if it is indeed cocaine,” Naidoo said.

In Cape Town, two long-distance bus company employees were arrested after officers found about R2-million worth of drugs hidden in a bus in the Cape Town CBD, police said on Sunday.

The two suspects, both 51 years old, were nabbed on Saturday as the bus they were travelling in arrived at the Cape Town long-distance bus terminal centre from Gauteng.

“During the crime intelligence-driven operation a search warrant was obtain and utilised by Cape Town Central police members with the assistance of Rapid Railway members,” police spokesman Andre Traut said.

“During the search of the bus 2kg heroin, 2kg cocaine, 2kg dagga compressed with cocaine and packs of dagga wrapped in plastic with an estimated street value R2 -million. The drugs were hidden inside the … driver&39;s compartment area.”

The two suspects, both from Gauteng, were expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of dealing in drugs.

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