SARS makes biggest drug bust yet
SARS says its latest drug bust at OR Tambo is the largest single seizure of Tik by customs officials.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has told Eyewitness News Friday's drug bust at the O.R. Tambo International Airport is the largest single seizure of Tik by customs officials at any port of entry in South Africa.
The revenue service's Marika Muller said two women flying from Tanzania were handed over to police after being found in possession of over 150 kilograms of Tik worth about R43 million.
The two suspected drug smugglers and the drugs in their possession have been handed over to the South African Police Service (SAPS) for further investigation.
"These two ladies were carrying between them six large bags. In those bags the SARS customs team found almost 150 kilograms of Crystal methamphetamine worth R42.6 million," Muller said.
Meanwhile, Gauteng police are searching for the owner of a makeshift Soweto drug lab disguised as a Chisa Nyama and liquor outlet during the day while drugs were being manufactured in the backyard at night.
Following an anonymous tipoff, members of the Hawks raided the liquor outlet on Thursday night in Diepkloof and arrested one suspect, confiscating over R5, 000 in cash and equipment used to make Mandrax.
The suspect arrested on the scene is still in police custody and the liquor store has been shut down.
Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said, "As soon as the owner has been traced the liquor license of the establishment will be looked into. We'll establish whether it will be put forward to the board so that it can be revoked."