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Sars intercepts drugs and illegal goods at King Shaka Airport

Detector dogs on Thursday sniffed out more than 15kg of heroin stored in mascara containers headed for Liberia.

King Shaka International Airport. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has intercepted drugs, illegal skin-lightening creams and clothing worth over R20 million at King Shaka International Airport.

Detector dogs on Thursday sniffed out more than 15 kilograms of heroin stored in mascara containers headed for Liberia. The drugs are estimated to be worth over R3.1 million.

In another bust, a shipment of illegal skin lightening creams worth over R12 million was seized after touching down from Lagos.

In the final incident over 7,000 counterfeit shirts also headed to Durban from Hong Kong were intercepted at the airport.

Spokesperson Sandile Memela said: “The content of the shipment was found to be suspected counterfeit branded football shirts. The shipment was detained for further investigation and no one has been apprehended in all three incidents.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)