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South African Airways crew member on smuggling charge

By buseman, Jun 28, 2010 | |
  1. buseman
    A member of South African Airways' cabin crew has been charged with trying to smuggle 3kg (6.6lbs) of cocaine on a flight into London's Heathrow Airport.

    Elphia Dlamini, 42, from Cape Town, was held following a random search involving a sniffer dog at the airport.

    The airline has said it is consulting security staff, police and Interpol to try to deter employees from trying to smuggle illegal substances.

    Drugs were found in crew members' luggage on two occasions last year.

    On a flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow in January 2009, 50kg (110lbs) of cannabis and 4kg (8.8lbs) of cocaine were discovered.

    A month later customs officers uncovered 5kg (11lb) of cocaine in suitcases at the airport.

    On each occasion, 15 crew members were detained by police and were later bailed.

    Ms Dlamini is due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Monday, charged with attempting to import a Class A drug.

    The cocaine, which has an estimated street value of £120,000, was allegedly found strapped to her body.

    Security checks had been conducted after the arrival of South African Airways flight SA236 from Johannesburg on Saturday.


    28 June 2010
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/england/london/10432068.stm

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