Johannesburg - A 58-year-old woman was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport, in Kempton Park, on Friday for possession of 40kg of ivory, SA Revenue Service (Sars) said.
Customs officials caught the Chinese woman aboard an SA Airways flight which was about to leave for Hong Kong, said Sars spokesman Adrian Lackay.
“Officials acted on intelligence information they received beforehand. One of the sniffer dogs at the airport confirmed the ivory,” he said.
The ivory, worth about R400 000 on the street, was concealed in her luggage.
“It was wrapped in a foil, brown paper and clothes,” said Lackay.
The woman would appear in court soon.