Cocaine and rhino horns confiscated at OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa


The interception was conducted by a multi-disciplinary team from the South African Police Service (SAPS), South African Revenue Service (SARS), the Department of Home Affairs, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and other stakeholders. K-9 unit was also used. A further search of the aircraft was conducted in the first case and two socks containing “cocaine bullets” were found in different toilets. Preliminary tests also indicated that the substance is cocaine.

Inside OR Tambo International Airport

No arrests have been made with regards to these drugs. The rhino horns were found wrapped in tin-foil. Arrests were made. The horns were handed over to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations for further investigation. The suspects are expected to appear in court. In the last few months numerous arrests have been made with many resulting in the confiscation of illegal goods both coming in and going out of the country, after the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, declared “war on crime”. OR Tambo International Airport is a major international airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, South Africa. The airport handled a total of over 20 million passengers in 2016.


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