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[PICS] More suspected smugglers bust with illicit cigarettes across Western Cape

13 May 2020 7:33 PM
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Police busted a man transporting illicit cigarettes worth R200,000. The cigarette cartons had been concealed under pineapples in his bakkie.

On Tuesday morning, police arrested a suspected smuggler with eight boxes filled with 50 cartons of cigarettes under a load of pineapples in a Ford bakkie.

The cigarettes, with an estimated value of R200,000, were destined for distribution in George.

The suspect, who was travelling from Graham's Town, was stopped by police at a roadblock at Tsitsikamma Toll Gate after the driver appeared to be anxious.

The 30-year-old man was arrested on the spot and the illicit cigarettes were confiscated.

He'll appear in the Plettenberg Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

Illicit cigarettes discovered at a roadblock at Tsitsikamma Toll Gate. Image: SAPS
Illicit cigarettes discovered at a roadblock at Tsitsikamma Toll Gate. Image: SAPS

In a separate operation, police have arrested a 33-year-old man who was in possession of illicit cigarettes valued at R122,000.

Officers had received a tip-off that cigarettes were being smuggled from Polokwane to the Western Cape with a final destination in Grassy Park.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court.

Police confiscate illicit cigarettes valued at R122,000 destined for the black market on 12 May 2020. Image: SAPS
FILE: Police confiscate illicit cigarettes valued at R122,000 destined for the black market. Image: SAPS

The sale of cigarettes remains prohibited during level 4 lockdown, which has led to smuggling and the black-market trade of illicit products

These are the two most recent cigarette busts in the Western Cape.

Last week, police confiscated illicit cigarettes worth R5000 in Ladismith along the Garden Route.




13 May 2020 7:33 PM
Tags:
Police
illicit cigarettes
illicit cigarette trade
cigarette sales
ban on cigarette sales
busts

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