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Cops seize cocaine valued at R50m at JHB airport

Authorities discovered the drugs on Friday in the cargo section hidden in 147 hair product bottles.

FILE: Police say this is one of their largest drug busts. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have seized 143 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated value of R50 million at the OR Tambo International Airport.

Authorities discovered the drugs on Friday in the cargo section hidden in 147 hair product bottles.

The parcel arrived from Brazil and was in transit to Cotonou in Benin.

Police say this is one of their largest drug busts.

Spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo says no arrests have been made.

"We're constantly employing our measures we have in place to ensure drugs pumping through our airports destined for South Africa or neighbouring countries don't get onto the streets."