ACSA commends Hawks on arrest of 70-year-old alleged drug smuggler at Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town International Airport Picture: David Ritchie/Independent Media

Cape Town International Airport Picture: David Ritchie/Independent Media

Published Jun 8, 2024


The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has commended the actions of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) and Border Police that led to the arrest of the 70-year-old alleged drug mule at Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) this week.

In an operation conducted by the Hawks South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau team, in conjunction with Border Police based at Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), information was followed up that led to the search and arrest of the UK citizen who was about to depart South Africa.

A search uncovered about 4.1 kg of methamphetamine (Tik) with a value of approximately R600,000.00 in a hidden compartment in the man’s suitcase.

The suspect was arrested and detained at Ravensmead SAPS pending further investigation.

He is expected to make his first appearance in Bellville Court on Monday, June 10.

Mark Maclean, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) Regional General Manager, praised the swift action of the Hawks and Border Police, which resulted in the apprehension of the alleged drug mule.

“ACSA would like to congratulate the law enforcement agencies involved in this operation and thank them for their ongoing work and dedication to stamping out the smuggling of illicit drugs across our borders,” he says.

"We have a zero-tolerance approach to any criminal activity across our airport network in South Africa. This unwavering stance is integral to our mission of maintaining the highest safety and security standards. Our commitment involves rigorous security measures, continuous monitoring, and close collaboration with law enforcement agencies to prevent and address any threats. By prioritising safety and security, we aim to provide a secure and trustworthy environment for everyone who passes through our airports."

Maclean warns that ACSA views drug trafficking through its airports as an extremely serious offence and will continue to work with law enforcement agencies to stop any departing or arriving passengers who attempt to take illicit drugs through our airports.

"The arrest of this drug mule serves as a warning to potential offenders that they will be apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," he said.

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