Sao Paulo, Brazil - Police have arrested three South African women accused
of trying to leave Brazil with nearly 30kg of cocaine stashed in their
suitcases, authorities said on Monday.
Stela Khumalo, Patricia Motsoeneng and Roberta Putteing were taken into
custody on Saturday night at Sao Paulo's international airport as they were
preparing to board a flight to Johannesburg, the federal police said in a
An X-ray machine detected 3.9kg of the drug in Khumalo's hand luggage and
when police realised she was travelling with Motsoeneng and Putteing they
opened their suitcases too and found an additional 25.8kg, the statement said.
The three women face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.