Two Nigerians and an Israeli, whose names were not disclosed, are under probe in South Africa. They were apprehended for trying to smuggle $9.3 million in cash into the country illegally, a spokesman said today, in what might have been part of an arms deal.
The South African Revenue Service, SARS, seized the funds at Lanseria Airport, north-west of Johannesburg, on 5 September.
A Reuters’ report quoted SARS spokeswoman, Marika Muller, saying that the funds were held at the central bank as police investigate.
“The passengers’ luggage was searched after Customs officials detected irregularities,” Muller said.
South Africa’s City Press newspaper reported that bundles of unused $100 bills packed in three suitcases were transported in a small business jet from Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
The statement was confirmed by the South African airport security spokesman, Solomon Makgale, adding that the police were investigating the matter.
No further information about the individuals were volunteered.