Sars reveals that the customs department has confiscated illicit goods worth over R890.6 million in the past three months. File Photo: IOL

JOHANNESBURG – The customs department has confiscated illicit goods worth over R890.6 million in the past three months, the SA Revenue Service (Sars) said on Tuesday.

Sars said this included 152 busts for narcotics valued at nearly R39 million and 43 busts for more than R11m worth of cigarettes.

High-profile strikes included cocaine with an estimated value of R4.8m seized at OR Tambo International Airport en route to the UK, heroin confiscated at the Lebombo Border Post en route from Mozambique, ephedrine seized on its way into the country from India via Dubai and sexual enhancement tablets coming in from Dubai, Ethiopia and Hong Kong.

Customs also seized abalone being smuggled to Hong Kong, as well as currency in US dollars, rhodium and cigarettes.

Other items included counterfeit clothing and footwear as well as alcohol.

Sars said more than 30 entities suspected of trading in illegal tobacco and cigarettes, as well as clothing and textile, had been visited in the past two weeks across the country for contravening various tax laws.

The number and value of busts from July to September increased to 2 499, compared to 1 776 busts valued at nearly R755m over the same period last year.

African News Agency (ANA)