JOHANNESBURG- A woman has been arrested at the Lebombo border gate with Heroin valued at R3.6 million trying to cross into South Africa, Sars said on Thursday.
“SARS Customs officials with the detector dog unit intercepted a female pedestrian trying to smuggle 3.6kg of heroin, estimated at R3.6-million, into South Africa at Lebombo border on Wednesday, 3 January 2018,” said SARS spokesperson Sandile Memela.
She was arrested during a joint operation by SARS and SAPS along the border post. Memela said the drugs were found hidden in false compartments of a backpack.
“The incident happened when the female pedestrian with two backpacks was walking through the vehicle lane. Upon search, heroin was found concealed in false compartments with two plastics containing an off-white crystal-like substance that reactive positive to tests,” he said.
The drugs were handed over to South African Police Service for safe-keeping and further investigation. Memela added that the woman has been detained at Komatipoort Police Station.