PRETORIA – Customs officials at OR Tambo International Airport discovered 15.4 kilograms of ephedrine (crystal meth) in the bag of a passenger who had arrived from Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
The South African Revenue Service (Sars) said in a statement its officials stopped the passenger, who was proceeding through the “Nothing to declare channel-Green channel”.
According to the statement, the scanning of her one bag showed suspicious images.
Upon further investigation and searching of the bag, officials discovered 15 parcels wrapped in carbon/foil-like material hidden in the luggage.
Tests were conducted and it was confirmed that the suspected substance was ephedrine, which is the main ingredient in crystal meth.
The narcotics and passenger, identified as a South African actress, were detained and subsequently handed over to South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Organised Crime for further investigation.
The actress is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.
Sars has lauded bust as a significant seizure by its customs officials who implement daily inspections in an effort to foil smuggling of goods.