Customs officials have seized 25 kilogrammes of pure heroin -- worth an estimated R25 million -- at OR Tambo International Airport, the South African Revenue Services (SARS) Customs said on Friday. "The narcotics... were declared as a 'green coffee extract' and arrived on a cargo flight from India for local consumption," said SARS spokesman Sibabalwenathi Mfabe.
"Officials on site conducted tests on the powder before a member of police conducted a second opinion test which also tested positive for heroin," he said.
The drugs were confiscated on Thursday. No arrests had been made.
The haul brought the estimated value of customs seizures at the airport since the beginning of July to R262m, Mfabe said.
"These seizures range from narcotics, powders used in the creation of prohibited substances and ointments, creams and cigarettes that have not been cleared by SARS customs," he said.
In a separate incident on Thursday, sniffer dogs helped customs officials seize 55,000 counterfeit DVDs, with an estimated value of R7m, at Bruma Lake, Mfabe said. No arrests were made. - Sapa
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