- The Hawks busted a pensioner for trying to smuggle drugs out of Cape Town International Airport
- The 62-year-old woman was headed for Europe with 3.5kg of narcotics hidden in her luggage
- She is expected to appear in the Bellville Magistrate's Court to face drug dealing charges on Tuesday, 7 August
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CAPE TOWN - A pensioner has a date with the court after the Hawks caught her red-handed trying to from Cape Town International Airport.
Tip-off leads to arrest of drug smuggling pensioner
The Hawk South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau received a tip-off that a 63-year-old woman entered South Africa and would be carrying 3.5kg of heroin worth R1.6 million on her way out.
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An interdisciplinary team, including the Hawks, the Border Policing Unit in Cape Town and Gauteng Crime Intelligence, descended on the airport and intercepted the woman before she boarded an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Europe on Saturday, 5 August. The narcotics were discovered in ahidden compartment inside the woman's luggage before check-in, IOL reported.
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62-Year-old Spanish man arrested for drug smuggling
The woman's arrest was not the only drug-related bust at the Cape Town International Airport over the weekend.
According to a statement released by the police, a 62-year-old Spanish man was also arrested at the airport after he was found with 5kg of narcotics in his luggage on Sunday, 6 August. The man is expected to appear in the same court as the female pensioner on Tuesday, 8 August.
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Mzansi weighs in on the Cape Town drug bust
Below are some comments:
"Why, mama? Don't you know how destructive drugs are?"
"I would have let her fly to Europe. It would be better for us for her to be arrested in Europe."
"Lock her up and throw away that key..."
Fana Sithole said:
"Poor old girl, probably doesn't even know what she was doing."
Tebogo Cavani Mojapelo added:
"These grannies are criminals but they play it low."
R1.3 billion worth of drugs seized at Durban harbour, Mzansi says, “Expect it to be stolen”
SARS customs officers and police officials carried out the raid on the ship where the 300kg of contraband was found. The narcotics are believed to have an estimated street value of R1.3 billion, according to eNCA.
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The shipment was uncovered following a week-long intelligence-driven operation.
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Source: Briefly News