R1.5 million worth of drugs recovered at ORTIA

South African Police Service

R1.5 million worth of drugs recovered at ORTIA
R1.5 million worth of drugs recovered at ORTIA. Photo : Pixabay

The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation (SOCI) team based in Germiston were summoned to OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) about a suspected drug shipment.

On Wednesday, 5 July 2023, the police were alerted by a courier company which found 11 bags suspected to be drugs weighing 25 kg each.

The suspected drugs, wrapped in visible plastic, were concealed as spare parts in a brown container.

The suspected drugs with an estimated street value of R1.5 million were taken to the forensic laboratory for analysis.

No arrest has been made and the investigation continues.

The Provincial Head of the Hawks in Gauteng, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa applauded the vigilance of the courier company and collaboration with the authorities. “The drug seizure alone cripples the operations of the drug syndicate,” explained General Kadwa.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service