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Drug Bust

South African Airways crew held over drug haul

Unal Basusta, eTN Ambassador  Jan 22, 2009

British authorities arrested and detained the crew members of a South African Airways plane Tuesday after cannabis and cocaine were found on a flight from Johannesburg to London’s Heathrow Airport.

Customs agents found the drugs in three suitcases when the crew members passed through a customs clearance point.

All fifteen cabin and flight crew staff including the pilot have been arrested after authorities found 110 pounds of cannabis, worth about $210,000, and 9 pounds of cocaine, worth about $240,000.

Bob Gaiger, a spokesman for British customs, underlined how seriously Britain took such cases. He said British customs was committed to playing “a vital role in the fight to prevent illegal drugs from entering the UK and in protecting our communities from the violence and corruption that always accompany this hideous trade.”

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