SAfrican air hostess arrested over drugs

June 28, 2010 12:00 am

, LONDON, Jun 28 – A South African Airways crew member has been charged with trying to smuggle cocaine into Britain, after being arrested at London\’s Heathrow Airport, immigration officials said Monday.

Elphia Dlamini, 42, was detained after some three kilogrammes (6.5 pounds) of the drug were found during routine checks on crew on the flight, which had landed from Johannesburg.

The drug had an estimated street value of about 120,000 pounds (180,000 dollars, 145,000 euros).

Dlamini, from Cape Town, was charged with attempting to import a Class A drug and was due to appear in court in Uxbridge, near Heathrow, later Monday.

"UK Border Agency officers are determined to stop illegal drugs reaching our streets," said Philip Astle, Heathrow director for the UK Border Agency.

At the start of last year two entire South African Airways crews were arrested at Heathrow, in separate incidents in January and February, after drugs were found in their luggage.

Airline crew are subject to the same security checks as ordinary passengers in both Britain and South Africa.


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