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Five Suspects Arrested Including ACSA Employees For Drug Trafficking At OR Tambo International Airport

The five suspects are facing charges of drug trafficking, contravention of the Civil Aviation Act, and contravention of the Customs and Excise Act.

On Wednesday, 15 November, a highly coordinated operation led by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (HAWKS) resulted in the arrest of five suspects, including two employees of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), for drug trafficking at OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA).

These arrests were made in connection with a recent large drugs consignment that was confiscated in Australia.

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The Allegations

The five suspects are facing charges of drug trafficking, contravention of the Civil Aviation Act, and contravention of the Customs and Excise Act.

According to the HAWKS, these individuals, who are employees of various companies at ORTIA, are accused of facilitating the transportation of drugs into and out of the airport. Two of the suspects work for ACSA, two are employed by Menzies Aviation, and one is from Swissport.

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The Joint Effort

The successful operation was the result of a joint investigation team’s efforts. The Provincial Head of the Hawks in Gauteng, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa, commended the team for their dedication in ridding the airport of individuals involved in illicit activities that tarnish the reputation of ORTIA and the country as a whole.

A Warning to Corrupt Officials

The HAWKS is committed to countering drug trafficking and aims to send a strong message to corrupt officials in companies associated with the airport. Major General Ebrahim Kadwa emphasized that individuals involved in facilitating such illicit activities will face severe consequences for their actions.

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Legal Proceedings

All five suspects are set to appear at the Kempton Park Magistrates Court on Friday, 17 November. This case marks a significant step in combating transnational drug trafficking, as it is the first operation of its kind to link a drug seizure made abroad with suspects in South Africa.

Conclusion

The arrest of the five suspects involved in drug trafficking at OR Tambo International Airport is a significant achievement for the HAWKS and the joint investigation team.

This operation sends a clear message that illicit activities will not be tolerated, and those involved will face the full force of the law. The HAWKS remains committed to countering drug trafficking and ensuring the integrity and reputation of ORTIA and South Africa as a whole.

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Keitumetse Modise for SurgeZirc SA
Keitumetse Modise for SurgeZirc SA
Keitumetse Modise is a passionate and dedicated local news writer who brings the latest news and updates from your community straight to your doorstep. With years of experience in journalism, Keitumetse has established herself as a reliable source of information, covering a wide range of topics that matter to you.
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