Two foreign nationals arrested for possession of illicit cigarettes

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

Limpopo Police arrested two foreign nationals, aged 30 and 63 at Beitbridge border post on Friday morning, 09 July 2021 after they were stopped in their tracks, allegedly smuggling a large consignment of illicit cigarettes into the country.

The Police received a tip-off about a bus with a trailer carrying illicit cigarettes in the vicinity of Beitbridge. The bus was spotted and routinely directed to the searching bay.

Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the Police, together with Customs Officials started searching the trailer and found 239 master boxes of Remington Gold illicit cigarettes and 35 cartoons worth over R3 Million. “Two suspects were immediately arrested and the third one managed to evade arrest. The search for the escaped suspect is continuing”

 Limpopo Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the members for swiftly responding to the information provided and arrested the suspects. Hadebe also thanked community members for continuously assisting the police in the fight against crime.

The suspects, will appear in Musina magistrate’s court on Monday 12 July 2021 on a charge of possession of illicit cigarettes.

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