R6 million worth of drugs and rhino horn has been confiscated by authorities at OR Tambo International Airport over the weekend in two separate incidents.
Police discovered R5 million worth of cocaine inside the luggage of a man travelling from Brazil, while 5 intact rhino horns valued at about R1 million were found in the luggage of a man travelling to Hong Kong.
Police were made suspicious when they noticed the first man’s luggage was untagged. Similarly, the rhino horns were found wrapped in tin-foil inside the second man’s luggage after bag scans revealed images resembling intact horns.
These arrests come after the international hub has seen a drastic increase in security measures to completely deter petty and large-scale crime in the area.
At the beginning of this year it was revealed that the airport district has seen numerous incidents of petty and organised crime, along with around 7 incidents of cargo heists.
The protracted occurrence of this crime has led current Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, to declare a symbolic “war on crime”, going as far as increasing police personnel and replacing potentially compromised staff.
In the last few months numerous arrests have been made with many resulting in the confiscation of illegal goods both coming in and going out of the country.