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Wednesday, 21 January 2009

SAA crew held in London for 50kg of cannabis

from Loggi @ I Luv SASource:

How much more damage can we do to our image in the UK?

I don't need the results of any investigation to know that the cabin crew must be really pissed off to be arrested for something they were no part of.

Every flight from this once proud rainbow nation will now be seen as a potential drug haul. These criminals are doing our international reputation irreparable harm.

Fifteen crew members of an SAA flight were arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport on Tuesday after the UK Border Agency found 50kg of cannabis in their possession.

The agency said in a statement that the cannabis, valued at about R2.1 million, was discovered in three pieces of baggage on South African Airways flight SA 234 from Johannesburg on arrival at 8am.

Those being held were both flight and cabin crew. Bob Gaiger, spokesman for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs at Heathrow, said those arrested were being held in custody and questioned.

“HMRC, together with UKBA (UK Border Agency), play 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,” said Gaiger.

SAA spokeswoman Robyn Chalmers confirmed that all crew members on the Johannesburg-London flight were detained by British customs.

“They are being questioned to identify the owner of the bags,” she said in a statement. An investigation in Johannesburg, involving SAA Aviation Security and the police’s crime intelligence unit, was also underway.

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