Suspects arrested for smuggling illicit cigarettes worth over R1 million

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Limpopo Police say the ongoing joint operations conducted across the province from 23 January until 30 January 2022, led to the arrest of 1053 suspects aged between 19 and 64 for various offences and items including firearms were recovered.

The charges include murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, dealing in drugs, theft, kidnapping, Contravention of Immigration Act, rape, robberies, assaults to smuggling of illicit cigarettes.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said on Friday 28 January 2022, four suspects aged between 25 and 40 were arrested in the Mara policing area for allegedly smuggling illicit cigarettes worth over R1 million.”The suspects were arrested during a joint operation by Limpopo Highway Patrol and Tracking Team. A total of 120 boxes worth R1 560 000, Two Toyota Quantums and Nissan NP200 were confiscated.”

Motlalefa added that the recovered items during these operations included 13 firearms, 2 331 sticks counterfeit cigarettes, 25 dangerous weapons, 18 645 grams dagga, 26 dagga plants, 16 grams Crystal Meth, 04 grams Nyaope, 894 fines issued, 25 knives, 1 141 605ml liquor, 03 and  stolen vehicles

Limpopo Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended these operational Teams for their determination and diligence displayed during these operations.

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