The South African Police Service (SAPS) says the heightened approach to safety and security at OR Tambo International Airport (Ortia) is already yielding results.
SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale on Thursday said the multi-disciplinary interdepartmental approach had been introduced this week to root out criminals and criminality in the precinct of Ortia.
Mogale said members of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) and Customs officials at the cargo section of the airport had intercepted a consignment of hair products, including shampoo.
During the verification of the cargo, tests were conducted on the shampoo and a positive result for cocaine was achieved.
“The consignment, with an estimated weight of 200kg and an estimated street value of R50 million, was seized. The consignment was destined for Australia from Sao Paolo,” said Mogale.
No arrests have been made but investigations are continuing.