Johannesburg - Three Chinese nationals have been arrested for alleged possession of a rhino horn and tik in Johannesburg, the Hawks said on Thursday.

Acting on a tip-off, they arrested two Chinese men, aged 30 and 39, and a 28-year-old woman in a hotel room, spokesman Paul Ramaloko said.

The horn was valued at R120,000 and the confiscated tik had an estimated street value of R1500.

The three were visitors to the country. It had not yet been established if they were linked to any rhino horn smuggling syndicate.

They would appear in the Germiston Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of possession of a rhino horn and drugs.

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