R2 million drug bust at OR Tambo airport

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Drugs worth over R2 million were discovered hidden in ironing boards at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) mail centre, said the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

“Ephedrine worth over R2 million was discovered hidden in ironing boards at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) mail centre,” said SARS on Thursday.

The drugs were discovered on Wednesday when customs officials were conducting random inspections at the mail centre. A customs official spotted a parcel coming from India declared as ironing board, reports official government news service SAnews.
“Importation of ironing boards through the mail raised her suspicion and the officer decided to check the parcel thoroughly. When she opened the parcel, she noticed that the ironing board trimmings were tampered with and she cut the bottom lining open. Each ironing board contained a packet of ephedrine (Crystal Meth),” said SARS.

The total weight of the drugs was 7kg with an estimated street value of R2 100 000 and was handed over to the South African Police Service (SAPS) for further investigation.



This is the second seizure of ephedrine concealed in parcels at the ORTIA Mail Centre in two consecutive days.
“SARS will continue to work with other law enforcement agencies to protect the country and its citizens by disrupting organised crime and reducing illicit trade activities,” said the revenue service.