Cocaine worth R7.4m intercepted at OR Tambo Airport

  • Date: Jul 24, 2017
  • Categories: news

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) intercepted 26kg of cocaine worth an estimated R7.4 million at OR Tambo International Airport.
Friday’s bust happened when customs officials and detector dogs intercepted the cocaine cosmetics from Sao Paolo, Brazil, in transit to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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.
A narcotic test on randomly selected bottles confirmed the contents to be cocaine.
SARS handed over the goods to the South African Police Services and Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations for further investigation and safe keeping. –
Members may have heard the welcome announcement late last week by the National Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula, on measures to be taken by SAPS, ACSA and other stakeholders to deal with incidents of crime and overall security at OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA).
Minister Mbalula announced an “integrated multi-disciplinary tactical response plan” which includes:

  • The appointment of a senior police official to head up ORTIA airport security;
  • The centralization of the airport security control room;
  • The introduction of a vetting system for approximately 35 000 personnel working at the airport
  • The rotation of staff and allocation of additional police resources
  • The allocation of additional EMPD police officers to patrol roads leading up to ORTIA
  • The possibility on introducing an airport court to deal with aviation-related security offences


TBCSA welcomes the interventions to curb incidents of crime at ORTIA announced by Minister Mbalula. The airport plays a significant role in our sector and broader national economy, and it is essential that it is regarded as a safe and secure point of entry and departure for millions of travellers.