Police

Airport police nab an alleged drug mule

Pretoria: 25 March 2016 – Last night members of the South African Police Service’s K9 unit based at the OR Tambo International Airport arrested an alleged drug mule after she was found in possession of crystal methamphetamine to the value of over R1 million.

The 26-year-old woman was caught shortly after she landed at the airport from Dubai. Her movements reflect that she left the country for Thailand on 21 March 2016 and returned yesterday.

Members of the ORTIA K9 unit found the drugs hidden in a false compartment of her luggage during a routine search. She is expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court next Tuesday to face a charge of dealing in drugs.

She is the third person to have been caught by the law enforcement authorities at the airport in the past five days. At the weekend customs officials caught another woman for possession of drugs after she was found in possession of 32, 5 kilogrammes of crystal meth. Charlotte Senzeni Molefe, 47, has since appeared in court where her case was postponed to 6 April 2016 for bail application.

A day later members of the same K9 unit at the OR Tambo International arrested a 29-year-old man, Adan Mahammed Hussein travelling on a Norwegian passport after they found him in possession of Khat to the value of R51 000.

The suspect’s passport indicates that he had just flew into the country three days earlier. The suspect was arrested on 21 March 2016 as he was about to board a Zurich-bound plane.

He appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court yesterday and he is re-appearing today.