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Major drug bust at Beitbridge

R17 million worth of drugs were seized at the Beitbridge border post between South Africa and Zim.

FILE: Cocaine powder. The drugs seized at Beitbridge were in the raw, crystal form. Picture: Stock.xchng

JOHANNESBURG - R17 million worth of drugs were seized at the Beitbridge border post, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) said on Tuesday.

The crystal cocaine was found hidden in a bag of surgical equipment belonging to a bus passenger travelling between Malawi and Johannesburg.

Sars spokesperson Marika Muller said the suspect was arrested.

"The passenger and the drugs she was carrying, as well as the containers in which the drugs had been hidden in were handed over to the South African Police Service at Beitbridge."

On 6 July, Sars seized 150 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, also known as tik, at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg.

The service described the bust as the largest ever single seizure of tik at any port of entry in South Africa.

The drugs were estimated to be worth R43 million and were brought in by two women flying from Tanzania.