The drug mule who yesterday
admitted hiding heroin inside her body and smuggling it into
New Zealand was reportedly on the run from South African
police who wanted her on drugs charges.
Laura Elizabeth Cilliers, 32, flew from Singapore to
Christchurch on June 15 when she was caught with $1.2 million
worth of the class A drug.
She was looking unwell and Customs officers found 99 heroin
pellets, totalling 1.2kg, concealed in her luggage, and on
and inside her body.
Surgery was required to remove one pellet due to fears it
could kill her.
At Christchurch District Court yesterday, Cilliers pleaded
guilty to a charge of importing the class A drug.
She has been remanded in custody for sentencing next month.
Now, it has been revealed that the bar worker was arrested on
March 25 for possession of marijuana on a farm in Middelburg
- a large farming and industrial town in the South African
province of Mpumalanga.
Middelburg police spokesman, Captain Khanyisile Tshwane told
South Africa news outlet Rapport that Cilliers and two other
people were arrested and appeared in a magistrates court the
She later skipped bail and a warrant had been issued for her
arrest, it was reported.
The case against the other two suspects has since been
withdrawn, Captain Tshwane told Rapport.
A South African Consulate representative was at court for her
appearance in Christchurch yesterday.
Judge David Saunders told Cilliers, who appeared via
video-link, that the consulate would want to talk to her
before she is sentenced.
It is not clear whether she would be sent home to face drugs
charges once she had been sentenced in New Zealand.
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