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R18M drug bust at OR Tambo airport

M Matshoba

The ANC seriously notes the growing syndicate networks of drug trafficking and abuse crimes in their reach and sophistication across national boundaries. We therefore commend the Customs officials of the SARS for using also sophisticated technology to stamp out drug trafficking. This became evident when SARS Customs officials confiscated two large shipments of crystal meth at OR Tambo International Airport worth over R18 million. SARS Customs officials seized the drugs when they were conducting a baggage scan of a male passenger, who had arrived in South Africa from Nairobi, Kenya.

The drugs and the passenger were handed over to the South African Police Service for further investigation. The ANC commends SARS Customs officials and the South African Police Service for the job well done. Had the passenger succeeded to pass through Customs, it would have added to more drug related problems the country is facing, such as violent and income generating crimes by Gangs, trafficking and prostitution. We are responsible citizens to report drug trafficking and help us build healthier communities.

I thank you

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