News: Three drug mules arrested at OR Tambo International Airport

Pretoria: Over this past week three suspects, two men and a woman were arrested at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) after they were discovered smuggling drugs through this port of entry.

On Tuesday, 8 January 2019 a 49-year-old man was arrested during an intelligence driven operation. The man was found in possession of drugs with an estimated street value of over R100 000.00.

The suspect was to board an evening flight to Munich when our team intercepted him and found Khat in his luggage resulting in his immediate arrest. Erik Korpel appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 10 January 2018 on charges of dealing in drugs.

Earlier in the week two suspects, a 47-year- old man and a 36-year-old woman were arrested separately also after being found in possession of drugs during routine investigation.

The woman had swallowed several synthetic "bullets" containing cocaine. The suspect had arrived from Sao Paolo to ORTIA on 8 January 2019 in transit to Windhoek. Raquel Mukoko has since appeared in court twice and her case was postponed to 21 January 2019 for her to secure an attorney. She remains in custody.

The 47-year-old man on the other hand was meant to depart to Frankfurt when he was stopped at the check-in counter following intelligence. 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 Magistrates' Court.

The multi-disciplinary approach into safety and security at OR Tambo International Airport continues to yield results. This interdepartmental co-operation with ACSA and other stakeholders overseen by the Natjoints, has been established to root out criminals and criminality at OR Tambo International Airport.

The community is encouraged call Crime Stop on 08600 10111 with useful information that can assist in combatting of crime. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with strictest confidence.

Source: South African Police Service

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