In a startling find at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, the Border Management Authority (BMA) intercepted a consignment of dried fish containing more than 8kg of Rohypnol, commonly known as the “date rape drug.”
The drugs were discreetly concealed within the cargo that arrived on a flight from Nigeria on Monday, November 20, 2023.
Rohypnol, classified as a Schedule 6 drug in South Africa, is notorious for its association with drug-facilitated sexual assault.
One of the alarming aspects of Rohypnol is its ability to be slipped into a drink unnoticed, as it is tasteless.
Victims may experience weakness, confusion, and even loss of consciousness within 30 minutes of ingestion, often appearing intoxicated to others.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, it is a potent and dangerous substance utilized by perpetrators to incapacitate victims at parties, raves, and clubs.
Mmemme Mogotsi, the spokesperson for the BMA, commended the joint effort of BMA officials, Customs officials from the SA Revenue Service (Sars), and the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAPHRA) in successfully uncovering the illicit consignment.
Dr. Michael Masiapato, the commissioner of the Border Management Authority, praised the officials involved in this dynamic operation.
A case has been registered with the South African Police Service as investigations proceed.