Ex-offender arrested in possession of drugs worth R4 million

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Tebogo Msimanga |

A 52 years old man is expected to appear in the Kempton Park Regional Court on Thursday facing charges of dealing in drugs and contravention of the customs and excise Act.

The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation in Germiston received intelligence from the Boarder Movement Control at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday, 15 February 2022 about a convicted drug mule who was reported to have been travelling to India through Dubai with an Emirates flight.

Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu of Gauteng Hawks said authorities established that the ex-offender was found guilty on a count of fraud and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment which was wholly suspended for 5 years on conditions that he is not found guilty of the same offence.

“Upon arrival, the investigation team positively identified and linked the ex-offender with a similar incident that occurred in March 2020 at the same premises.”

Authorities searched both the accused and his luggage while detained for questioning.Mulamu said the police recovered 5,4 kilograms of suspected heroin inside a secret compartment of his luggage, concealed with black plastic bags with an estimated street value of R4 million.

The ex-offender was immediately arrested and charged.

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