South Africa arrest “drug mules” at OR Tambo airport

South African police recently confirmed arresting three people suspected to be drug mules at the OR Tambo International Airport. Photo: Getty Images/File

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – South African police recently confirmed arresting three people suspected to be drug mules at the OR Tambo International Airport.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said two men and a woman were arrested after they were found smuggling drugs through this port of entry.

She said a 49-year-old man was arrested during an operation on Tuesday.

“The man was found in possession of drugs with an estimated street value of over R100 000.00,” Mogale said.

Mogale said the suspect was to board an evening flight to Munich, Germany when their team stopped him and found Khat in his luggage, which resulted in his immediate arrest.

“Erik Korpel appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 10 January 2018 on charges of dealing in drugs,” said Mogale.

In other separate incidents, a 47-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman were arrested separately after allegedly being found in possession of drugs during routine investigation early in the week.

Mogale said the woman had swallowed several synthetic bullets containing cocaine.  The suspect had arrived from Sao Paolo, Brazil to OR Tambo International Airport on 8 January in transit to Windhoek, Namibia.

The female culprit, Raquel Mukoko appeared in court twice after her arrest. Her case was postponed to 21 January for her to secure an attorney and she remains in custody.

The 47-year-old male culprit was meant to depart to Frankfurt, Germany when he was stopped at the check-in counter.

“His luggage was searched and amongst his clothing, parcels containing drugs were discovered. The suspect, Ali Ahmed Camaley was arrested and he has since appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate Court,” added Mogale.

These arrests happened as part of the new multi-disciplinary approach into safety and security at OR Tambo International Airport, which seems to be yielding results for the country.

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