Illicit cigarettes smugglers arrested

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Police together with the Rural Safety structures under Saamboubrug policing area led to the arrest of two suspects and confiscation of illicit cigarettes on Tuesday 18 January 2022.

The Police received a tipoff from local farmers in the area, about two NP300 Nissan bakkies that were travelling from Musina using the Alldays road, transporting illicit cigarettes and heading towards Saamboubrug policing area.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said a snap operation was conducted by the local Police, assisted by the farmers at Maasstroom crossroad to stop and search the vehicles. “Upon arrival at the crossroad, Police attempted to stop the two vehicles but they did not comply and they sped off at high speed using the road that leads to Tolwe policing area.”

Mojapelo added that afterwards, a car chase ensued with assistance from the farmers and Tolwe Police and they managed to stop one vehicle that was fully loaded with illicit cigarettes and one male suspect was immediately arrested at the spot.

“The other driver abandoned his vehicle that was also loaded with illicit cigarettes and ran into the nearby bushes on foot to evade arrest. He was later found hiding in the bushes and arrested”.

The illicit cigarettes with the estimated value of R667.326.00, were found loaded in the two motor vehicles and were confiscated.

The suspects aged 35 and 41 are expected to appear before Senwabarwana Magistrate’s court soon for possession and smuggling of illicit cigarettes.

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