Police Search For Source Of Rhino Horns After Major Find At OR Tambo Airport

Some of the 36 pieces of rhino horns seized at the OR Tambo International Airport on 10 January. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG – Following the recovery of rhino horn at OR Tambo International Airport worth more than R20 million, police say they will continue their fight against the smuggling of rhino horn.

The bust took place on Thursday in a warehouse at the cargo section of the airport.

The horns, which were reportedly destined for Dubai, were found by the police’s K-9 unit in a container filled with carpets and plywood.

The polices Katlego Mogale says: “We’re trying as the multi-disciplinary team at OR Tambo to try and do our part in relation to rhino poaching.

“The suspects will be interrogated and further investigation might reveal as to who and where do these people get their rhino horns from.”

According to the police, the K9 detector dog reacted positively to a shipment destined to a destination in the Middle East.

Upon physical examination, the consignment was found to be containing doormats as well as cut and laminated plywood.

Further examination revealed over 30 pieces of rhino horn wrapped in plastic concealed under the laminated wood pieces.