A Nigerian/Congolese man was arrested over the weekend for being in possession of around R3.9 million cash in his luggage, the South African Revenue Service said on Monday.
Two International passports, (Nigerian and Congolese), lots of gold pendants, and R3.9 million was found on him when Sars stormed him.
Sars spokesperson Sandile Memela said the man was travelling to Dubai from King Shaka International Airport in Durban.
“The traveller was profiled for a routine check where scanned bags were found with currency of R3 972 400 and some gold pendants. The man was handed over to the SA Police Service for further investigation,” Memela said.
His identity can not be revealed now because he had two international passports on him with different names.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, a detector dog sniffed cargo shipment with hair shampoo bottles that it found to be filled with 6kg of cocaine valued at R1.7 million at OR Tambo International Airport.
The owner of the luggage was arrested but he could not explain how the drugs got into his bags. He denied his own luggage. Further investigations led to some astonishing discoveries.
It was alleged the man swallowed the drugs he had on him when Sars accosted him. The sniffing dog did not stop barking even after his arrest. The dog’s barking led to thorough searching. The man started complaining of stomach pains and something chucking him inside. He has been taken to a hospital for proper investigation and treatment.
The shipment was handed over to the SA Police Service for further investigation.