Co­caine found in air­port bath­room

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Se­cu­rity staff at OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day found three bricks of co­caine be­lieved to be linked to a woman who was found on Fri­day with just over 1kg of the drug con­cealed in her un­der­wear.

Af­ter de­tain­ing the sus­pect on Fri­day‚ se­cu­rity staff con­tin­ued search­ing yes­ter­day, said air­port spokes­woman Leigh Gunkel-Keuler.

A cleaner called se­cu­rity staff to a women’s bath­room close to the se­cu­rity check­point af­ter find­ing sus­pi­cious pack­ages at the bot­tom of a san­i­tary bin.

“It was es­tab­lished that the pack­ages con­tained 1.34kg of co­caine, which was handed to the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer of the South African Po­lice Ser­vice. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing,” GunkelKeuler said.

Air­port gen­eral man­ager Bongiwe Pi­tyi con­grat­u­lated the se­cu­rity staff and the clean­ing con­trac­tors.

Gunkel-Keuler said: “For our staff‚ it is al­ways pleas­ing when sim­ply do­ing their work in the nor­mal way yields re­sults. We’re also es­pe­cially pleased to see in this in­ci­dent a prac­ti­cal demon­stra­tion of the train­ing that all staff‚ in­clud­ing clean­ing con­trac­tors‚ re­ceive.”

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