Another South African Airways crew has been arrested at London Heathrow following the seizure of drugs by border-control authorities.

The UK Border Agency retrieved about 5kg of cocaine during the operation, which led to the arrest of 15 crew members from the airline.

Extraordinarily the seizure yesterday came just four weeks after Heathrow law enforcement officials arrested another 15 South African Airways crew, after recovering 50kg of cannabis on 20 January.

In a statement on yesterday's event, the UK's HM Revenue & Customs says: "The crew were arrested after [Border Agency] officers discovered the drugs in a piece of baggage that had arrived on a South African Airways flight from Johannesburg."

HMRC says that enquiries are continuing.

"Crew members are subject to the same customs checks as any other person when entering the UK," the organisation adds.

"Those arrested are now being held in custody and will be interviewed by HMRC investigation officers."

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news