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Alleged drug mule arrested at King Shaka Airport

The suspect was due to depart for the Philippines when he was arrested.

A 52-YEAR-OLD man was arrested at King Shaka International Airport on Saturday on charges of drug trafficking.

Hawks members from Durban Serious Organised Crime Investigation, working together with Crime Intelligence, found cocaine worth an estimated R2.2m in the man’s luggage.

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“Members received information from Crime Intelligence about a suspect who was coming from Johannesburg to King Shaka International Airport. An intelligence-driven operation was conducted, and the suspect was located at the airport before he departed for the Philippines,” explained Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo.

“A search was conducted in his luggage, and 6.38 kilograms of cocaine were found concealed in his bag. He was subsequently arrested and charged with drug trafficking and possession of drugs. He is expected to appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Monday,” he said.



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