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South Africa Nabs Trio With 74 Kilograms of Gold in Hand Luggage

  • Three suspected smugglers expected to appear in court
  • Travelers were en route from Madagascar to Dubai when arrested
Bullion At Gold Investments Ltd. As Gold Holds Ground Near Record
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

South African authorities arrested three suspected smugglers after finding 73.5 kilograms (162 pounds) of gold bars worth about 66 million rand ($4.5 million) in their hand luggage.

The trio was detained at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg last week after a security scanner “identified irregular images,” the South African Police Service said Monday in a statement. The men were en route from Madagascar to Dubai via Ethiopia, it said.