Sars seizes drugs worth over R4m at ORTIA

A suspected drug trafficker was nabbed with R2.1m worth of ephedrine and another bust of ecstasy worth R2.1m was made.

OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Revenue Service (Sars) says the first week of the new year has seen drug busts of more than R4 million at OR Tambo International Airport.

A suspected drug trafficker was arrested when a Sars customs official confiscated more than 7kg of ephedrine worth R2.1 million.

Sniffer dogs detected liquid ecstasy in a consignment of boxes also valued at an estimated R2.1 million.

Almost 5kg of cannabis was found in the luggage of a pedestrian entering South Africa at the Lesotho border post.

The revenue service’s Janine Mqulwana says: “We are expecting a new travel activities as the holiday period draws to a close. Sars customs has been on duty throughout the festive season and in December, 62 drug busts were made to the value of R7.8 million.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)