South African authorities have seized 116kg (256 lbs) of illegal rhino horn being smuggled out of the country.
A K9 team searched several cargo warehouses before consignments were shipped out and a detector dog named Lizzy “reacted positively to a shipment destined” for Dubai in the Middle East, SAPS confirmed in a statement.
According to the South African Revenue Service (Sars), 36 pieces of rhino horns were found after a K9 detector dog called “Lizzy” reacted positively to a consignment of so-called “decoration items” in a warehouse.
The suspects who were caught attempting to smuggle R23-million worth of rhino horn have been arrested and are currently being questioned by investigators, Eyewitness News revealed on Friday.
Members of the police's national investigation unit, with the assistance of Parkview detectives, were following up on information about a suspect involved in an armed robbery case at the airport last week when they made a breakthrough.
Increased enforcement interventions on outbound flights at the cargo area of OR Tambo International Airport were implemented following reports of rhino horn in the Middle East detected to have come from southern Africa.
Dr Fowls qualified from the Faculty of Veterinary Science in Ondersterpoort in 1997 and practised in the UK for five years before returning to South Africa where he facilitates the Vets Go Wild courses.