Johannesburg – A South African actress was caught allegedly trying to smuggle drugs worth an estimated R4.6m into the country at OR Tambo International Airport, the SA Revenue Service said on Monday.
Sars spokesperson Luther Lebelo said 15.4kg of ephedrine was found in the woman’s bag on Sunday. She had arrived from Abu Dhabi.
Ephedrine is used in the manufacture of crystal methamphetamine, or tik.
“The passenger, who was proceeding through the ‘Nothing to declare channel/green channel’, was stopped by customs officials for her bags to be scanned,” Lebelo said.
One of her bags showed “suspicious images”.
“Upon further investigation and searching of the bag, officials discovered 15 parcels wrapped in carbon/foil-like material hidden in the luggage. Immediate tests conducted by Sars officials confirmed that the suspected substance was ephedrine.
“The narcotics and passenger, identified as a South African actress, were detained and subsequently handed over to South African Police Service organised crime for further investigation.
“In line with South African law, the details of the passenger will only be released once she has appeared in court,” Lebelo said.
The actress was expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.