160kg of rhino horn seized at OR Tambo airport

160kg of rhino horn seized at OR Tambo airport

Picture: iStock/  AOosthuizen

Picture: iStock/ AOosthuizen

On Saturday, customs officers of the South African Revenue
Service (SARS) seized 32 pieces of rhino horn, weighing 160kg.

The rhino horns were meant to be shipped to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia,
and were wrapped in bubble wrap in a shipment declared as “live plants”.

Sniffer dogs detected the rhino horn in the shipment,
which was found in a cargo transit shed at the OR Tambo International Airport.

SARS says the South African Police Services’ Directorate for
Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks) was alerted about the shipment, and a
criminal case was opened.

There have been four rhino horn busts at the airport over
the past year – all bound for Malaysia. Saturday’s seizure was the largest.

Previous shipments were hidden in a geyser, as well as among
coffee beans, pieces of art and print cartridges. 

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