Two foreign nationals nabbed for allegedly transporting illicit cigarettes

SOUTH AFRICA, POLOKWANE| The determined efforts made by the Police in the fight against the smuggling and illegal trading of illicit cigarettes continue to yield positive results following the suspicion of two suspects along the N1 road next to Botlokwa on Friday, 30 September 2022.

Two foreign nationals nabbed for allegedly transporting illicit coggerates
Two foreign nationals nabbed for allegedly transporting illicit coggerates

SOUTH AFRICA, POLOKWANE| The determined efforts made by the Police in the fight against the smuggling and illegal trading of illicit cigarettes continue to yield positive results following the suspicion of two suspects along the N1 road next to Botlokwa on Friday, 30 September 2022.

The truck transporting animal food (Lucern), was stopped and checked by the Police along the N1 road towards Polokwane as it came to Sekonye junction under Botlokwa policing area. This was after the information was received that the two suspects were actually transporting illicit cigarettes.

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The truck was disguised to be bringing piles of Lucern in the rear section of the trailer to mislead the Police. Upon further inspection, it was found that half of the front side was fully packed with 104 cartoons of Remington Gold illicit cigarettes with an evaluated street of R70,000.

Two foreign nationals nabbed for allegedly transporting illicit coggerates

Initial investigations indicated that the cigarettes were reportedly smuggled from Zimbabwe.

The suspects aged 25 and 28 are expected to appear before Morebeng Magistrate court soon, facing charges of transportation and possession of illicit cigarettes.

The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has commended the members for accurately responding to the information received and has also thanked community members for continuously assisting the Police in the fight against crime.

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