A 47-year-old South African woman was arrested at OR Tambo airport early this morning 21 March, after allegedly trying to smuggle R10-million worth of crystal meth into the country.
Members of the customs and excise unit were conducting routine checks when they allegedly discovered the drugs in the woman’s luggage. She had arrived at the airport from Accra, Ghana, on a SAA flight at 6:20 am.
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, said the suspect will appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday this week on a charge of dealing in drugs. Officials at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg are working tirelessly to detect and deal with drug trafficking, he says, adding that drug mules continue to attempt to smuggle drugs through this port of entry.
Consequently authorities at the airport are compelled to remain vigilant at all times. “Drug peddlers are again warned that the consequences of dealing in drugs are devastating and security officials will not allow attempts to smuggle drugs in or out of South Africa to continue unabated,” Naidoo said.
(Edited by Bev Mortimer)