The South African Revenue Service (SARS), along with collaborators from the SAPS, intercepted 26kg of cocaine worth an estimated R7.4 million at OR Tambo International Airport.
The drugs were on their way to the Democratic Republic of Congo from Brazil and were intercepted thanks to sniffer dogs.
The shipment of narcotics was discovered when officers identified the cosmetic products for inspection where the detector dog gave a positive indication. Upon examination, the bottles of cosmetic products were found to contain white cream, which dried up quicker than normal cream and became powdery when dry.
This follows a similar drug bust in recent weeks when authorities stopped a shipment of shampoo bottles which contained several million Rands worth of cocaine.
Security and safety at the airport has been increased drastically following a zero-tolerance campaign launched by the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula.
Mbalula said it was time for the international travel hub to regain its reputation for safety and excellence and not stand as a safe-space for criminals and thugs.