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Man arrested at OR Tambo after almost R7m found in luggage

Man arrested at OR Tambo after almost R7m found in luggage

PRETORIA – A 27-year-old man was arrested and R6.9-million in cash in American and South African currency was seized at the OR Tambo International Airport, police say.

A team acting on intelligence intercepted luggage suspected of containing undeclared cash on Saturday.

After verifying that the bag did indeed contain an amount of $199,300 and R4,5-million — which is a total value of R6,992,569.34, the suspect was arrested, preventing him from departing to Mauritius.

The suspect is likely to face a charge of contravening the Customs and Excise Act and he is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court on Monday, a South African Police Service statement said.