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2 arrested at OR Tambo Airport for drugs, rhino horns

At the weekend, police discovered about R5 million worth of cocaine in a passenger’s luggage.

OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: Winnie Theletsane/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Two people have been arrested at OR Tambo International Airport with drugs and rhino horn worth an estimated value of R6 million.

At the weekend, police discovered about R5 million worth of cocaine in a passenger’s luggage. He was travelling from Sao Paulo in Brazil.

Police say that they stopped the man after it was discovered that he had no tags on his luggage.

In a separate incident, a man travelling to Hong Kong was arrested for carrying five rhino horns in his bag.

The man was escorted to the customs search area where the bag was put through the scanner. Police say that images resembling rhino horns could be seem among the contents.

A physical search of the bag was conducted and five rhino horns were found wrapped in foil.

It’s understood that the horns were handed over to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations for further investigation.

The police’s Vish Naidoo says the suspects are expected to appear in court.

“These drugs and rhino horn have been confiscated. Investigations are ongoing in these matters.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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