South African officials seize $9.3 million from 2 Nigerians, 1 Israeli who arrived on jet

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Authorities in South Africa say they have seized $9.3 million in cash from two Nigerians and an Israeli who arrived at Lanseria, an airport in the Johannesburg area.

Solomon Makgale, a South African police spokesman, said Monday that the Hawks, a national investigative unit of the police, was handling the case.

The South African Revenue Service, the national tax-collecting authority, says customs officials seized the money on Sept. 5 because it was over the legal limit for bringing cash into the country. Travelers arriving in South Africa with more than $2,300 are subject to stringent checks.

The City Press newspaper says the cash was in unused $100 bills and was packed in three suitcases aboard a private jet that had come from Abuja, the Nigerian capital.