Crystal meth worth an estimated at R4 530 000 has been intercepted at OR Tambo International Airport. File picture: Independent Media

Johannesburg - A passenger travelling from Ethiopia was on Wednesday bust carrying drugs worth R4.5 million, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) said on Monday. 

The bust took place at the OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday and was a result of a joint collaboration involving SARS, the South African Police Services (SAPS) and officials of the Airport Company of South Africa (Acsa).

Sars in a statement explained that the passenger, originally from Nigeria, was intercepted upon his arrival at OR Tambo.

"The passenger was intercepted with two pieces of check-in luggage that, upon being searched, revealed a whitish rough substance that had been concealed at the bottom.

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"This turned out to be 15.1kg of crystal/ephedrine meth worth an estimated R4.530 000."

Officials then carried out a drug test for crystal/ephedrine meth which tested positive.

The passenger was then arrested following the discovering and handed over to the police officers for further investigation.