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Alleged drug mule nabbed with cocaine and heroin at Cape Town Airport


Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)

WESTERN CAPE – A 28-year-old woman will make her first court appearance in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on 24 February 2022. She was arrested in possession of cocaine and heroin worth a combined street value of R870 000 at Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday, 22 February 2022.
The suspect was intercepted by an integrated multi-disciplinary operation that includes the Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) together with Crime Intelligence and Customs division from the South African Revenue Services (SARS). The joint team acted on a tip-off about a suspect travelling from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Cape Town, South Africa via Qatar airline, upon searching her luggage, the authorities allegedly found more than 2,7 kg of Cocaine and 200 grams of Heroin concealed in her luggage and shoes. She was immediately placed under arrest and the drugs seized for further investigation.

The Acting Provincial Head of the Hawks in the Western Cape, Brigadier Mushavhaduvha Ramovha praised the joint team for the drug bust success and said “this is an indication of the capacity and capabilities of the joint security forces to decisively deal with the numerous attempts to use the airport as a thoroughfare for drug smuggling.


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