It was a pink suitcase on the baggage carousel at Cape Town International Airport that earned a “passenger” a one-way ticket to the state hotel.
Police doing a profiling assignment at domestic arrivals bagged more than 2kg of a white substance resembling cocaine on Sunday.
They discovered the stash after observing a man‚ wearing a pair of blue jeans and brown sneakers‚ pick up a pink suitcase with wheels from a carousel and then head for the exit.
“Police members approached him and asked the man to search his suitcase‚” said police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk.
“While they were busy conducting the search‚ a hidden compartment was discovered and 22 plastic bags containing a suspicious white substance were found. The K9 Unit was contacted and the SAPS sniffer dog reacted positively to the substance.”
They promptly arrested the 31-year-old Nigerian National‚ who is due to appear soon in the Bellville Magistrates’ Court.
The weight of the substance was recorded to be 2.36kg.