Foreign national smuggled illicit cigarettes worth millions

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

A 52 year old foreign national was arrested on the outskirts of Polokwane after he was allegedly found transporting illicit cigarettes on Tuesday 26 October 2021.

The Police received information about a truck transporting a huge consignment of illicit cigarettes which has allegedly crossed through Beitbridge border post and heading towards Polokwane.

Limpopo Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo a snap operation composed of the Limpopo Provincial Tracking Team and Crime Intelligence Unit was activated and the truck fitting the description given was spotted along the Dendron/Polokwane road.

“It was stopped and pulled over at the intersection next to the Traffic Department.The truck was escorted to the nearby Polokwane International Airport where it was searched. It was found fully loaded with more than 3000 boxes of Remington Gold (RG) illicit cigarettes with an estimated street value of R30 million.”

Mojapelo added that the driver was immediately arrested for smuggling and possession of illicit cigarettes and is expected to appear in Polokwane magistrate court soon.

Police investigations are continuing.

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