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South African Airways crew detained at London Heathrow after drugs discovery

Agence France-Presse is reporting, the entire crew of a South African Airways flight from Johannesburg to London Heathrow, were arrested Tuesday after about $450,000 worth of cannabis and cocaine were found in their suitcases, by British customs officials.

As per officials, British customs agents found 110 pounds (50 kilograms) of cannabis, worth about $210,000, and 9 pounds (4 kilograms) of cocaine, worth about $240,000, in three suitcases, when the crew was passing a customs clearance point at London Heathrow airport, around 8AM.

The agents first found the cannabis in the suitcases, and additional searches revealed a white powder that tested positive for cocaine. All 15 members of the plane’s flight and cabin crew, 10 women and five men, were arrested.

Customs spokesperson Mr. Gaiger said

“Interviews will be taking place and will probably go into tomorrow, and then we will decide whether we are going to charge anyone,”

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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