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Tue May 31 16:10:59 SAST 2016

R161‚000 worth of foreign currency found in passenger's socks confiscated

TMG Digital | 09 February, 2016 16:15
US one-hundred dollar bills
Image by: KIM HONG-JI / REUTERS

A team from the South African Police Service’s Trans-International Investigation Team based at OR Tambo International Airport has confiscated just over R161‚000 worth of foreign currency from a man who was unable to account for its origin.

The 38-year-old man who had just arrived from Brazil was intercepted on Saturday with US$10‚100 hidden in the socks he was wearing‚ said police spokesman Brigadier Vish Naidoo.

“The only explanation he was able to offer‚ was that he was self-employed‚ but he could not tell the police what field of self-employment he was involved in.

“It was on the basis of this unsatisfactory explanation that the police seized the money and handed it to the customs officials. The man was supposed to have declared the money at customs‚” Brig Naidoo said.

He added that the man‚ who was on his way to Cape Town‚ eventually left the airport minus his money.

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