A Zimbabwean national arrested for possession of illicit cigarettes, 6 other suspects on the run

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Police in Musina have arrested a 28-year-old male suspect an undocumented Zimbabwean national for possession of illicit cigarettes and launched a manhunt search for six unknown suspects who evaded arrest.

This followed the crossfire shooting between the Police and the suspects along the N1 High Way on Sunday 27 August 2023 at about 21:20 in the evening.

Limpopo Police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said the Vhembe Trio Task Team were conducting an operation on Sunday 27 August 2023  and arrested a 28-year-old male suspect driving along N1 High Way next to the Baobab Toll Plaza from Musina to Makhado. Upon searching the vehicle they recovered illicit cigarettes fully loaded in the van.

“The estimated street value of the recovered cigarettes is at R348 000.00”. The suspect is expected to appear before Musina Magistrate’s Court soon facing charges of possession of illicit cigarettes and violation of Immigration Act.

In a separate incident a suspicious motor vehicle, a white SUV Ford Territory with registration number DB07LP GP was driving along the N1 Highway to the southern direction after the Baobab Toll Plaza followed by the SAPS Vhembe Trio Crime Task Team.

It is alleged that suddenly shots were fired from the white Ford to the direction of Police. Ledwaba said the Police responded and a crossfire shooting ensued. The driver of the white Ford lost control of the car and it overturned and the suspects managed to flee on foot.

“On the same incident, the maroon Ford passed the Police vehicle and eventually pulled off the road near Waterpoort road and came to a halt due to mechanical breakdown and the suspects also fled the scene on foot”.

The Police confiscated illicit cigarettes worth R500 000 and two motor vehicles SUVs worth R110000. 00

Ledwaba reiterated that the Police are hard on the heels of the suspects.

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