The 74-year-old traveller was destined for a central European country when she was caught on Thursday.
A powdery substance was discovered during a physical inspection of her hand luggage, the contents of which tested positive for heroin.
Customs officers during a search of her luggage found concealed packages in false compartments hidden in her handbag.
Sars customs officers registered a criminal case at the local police station for drug possession and attempted smuggling. The suspect was then arrested, pending a court appearance on the charges.
Sars customs executive Mohamed Ally said: “Sars customs remains appreciative of the constructive collaboration between its officers, SAPS Crime Intelligence and other law enforcement agencies at OR Tambo International Airport, which continues to yield positive results in the fight against drug smuggling.”...
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