SARS exposes smuggling networks

A joint operation between the Green Scorpions and the South Africa Revenue Services has uncovered...

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A joint operation between the Green Scorpions and the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on">South Africa</country-region> Revenue Services has uncovered illegal goods and smuggling networks in and around <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Johannesburg.

Several raids were carried out on Thursday in which authorities found two crates of abalone destined for Hong Kong at <place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Oliver<placename w:st="on">Tambo<placename w:st="on">International<placetype w:st="on">Airport worth close on to R2m.

Investigations led officers to <place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">China<placetype w:st="on">City in Bruma where dried shark fins were found in a butcher’s shop.

They also found seven DVD burners and fake Viagra tablets in Crown Mines.

SARS’ Adrian Lackay said no arrests were made.

“I’m concerned obviously of the fact that there is a moratorium on harvesting of natural abalone from the South African waters, so it indicates that despite government’s moratorium the illicit trading of abalone is continuing and I think much more work needs to be done," said Lackay.