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Pics| Customs Officers Seize R37m Worth Of Narcotics Disguised As Artwork

SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter commended the customs officers for their dedication and commitment to preventing the export and import of illegal substances.

Last week, customs officers from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) made a significant seizure of narcotics at OR Tambo International Airport.

Disguised as moulded artwork, the officers discovered 23kg of drugs with an estimated street value of R37m. The narcotics were destined for New Zealand, but thanks to the officers’ vigilance, they were intercepted during an inspection at the cargo sheds.

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Upon inspecting a suspicious box, the officers used a narcotics test kit and found that some of the artwork items tested positive for crystal meth, weighing 10kg.

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SARS Customs Officers Seize R37m Worth Of Narcotics Disguised As Artwork-SurgeZirc SA
SARS Customs Officers Seize R37m Worth Of Narcotics Disguised As Artwork

Further testing by the police revealed that other items contained fentanyl, weighing 13kg. The seized narcotics have been handed over to the police for further investigation.

SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter commended the customs officers for their dedication and commitment to preventing the export and import of illegal substances.

He emphasized that SARS Customs would spare no effort in combating the drug trade, which inflicts pain and hardship on families, particularly the youth.

SARS Customs Officers Seize R37m Worth Of Narcotics Disguised As Artwork-SurgeZirc SA
SARS Customs Officers Seize R37m Worth Of Narcotics Disguised As Artwork

Kieswetter made it clear that drug smugglers should be aware of the customs division’s unwavering commitment to this objective. The officers will take decisive action against those involved in the drugs trade, without fear or favour.

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“Sars Customs will spare no effort in stopping the export or import of narcotics and any illegal substance which cause so much pain and hardship for families, particularly their youth.

SARS Customs Officers Seize R37m Worth Of Narcotics Disguised As Artwork-SurgeZirc SA
SARS Customs Officers Seize R37m Worth Of Narcotics Disguised As Artwork

“Drug smugglers must know that our customs division is fully committed to this objective, and will act without fear or favour against those criminals involved in the drugs trade,” Kieswetter said.

This seizure serves as a reminder that SARS is determined to protect communities from the devastating effects of narcotics and uphold the law.

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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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