A 60-year-old woman was apprehended at OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) on suspicion of being a drug mule.
The arrest took place after the Germiston Serious Organised Crime Investigation (SOCI) team of the Hawks received information from the Crime Intelligence Gathering (CIG) head office.
Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale, the spokesperson for the Hawks, stated that the team received operationalized information that led them to the suspect. By the time the team arrived, the suspect had already checked in and was located in the smoking lounge.
Upon intercepting the suspect’s luggage at the boarding gate, the authorities discovered eight blocks of compressed dagga, each weighing 1kg, hidden among her clothes. In addition to the drugs, the woman’s cell phone was confiscated for further investigation.
The suspect is scheduled to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, facing charges of dealing in illegal drugs. This arrest serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to combat drug trafficking and the importance of vigilant law enforcement agencies.
In a separate incident on the same day, two women, aged 40 and 41, were arrested in Scottsville and Eikendal, Western Cape, for drug-related offences.
The 41-year-old suspect from Scottsville was found in possession of nine packets of tik, while the 40-year-old Eikendal suspect was found with 186 mandrax tablets and 15 packets of tik.