South African police intercept R1.5m worth of smuggled cigarettes

South African security officials intercepted contraband cigarettes and a truck worth R1.5 million believed to have been smuggled through the Beitbridge border post.

Two immigrants were arrested in connection with the case on Saturday.

Limpopo Police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the suspects were arrested along the public road R71 in Dalmada, outside Polokwane.

“The Makhado Crime Intelligence Unit received information from a community member regarding an 8-tonne truck that was driven from Musina by two suspects heading towards Alberton in Gauteng Province,” it said. he declared.

“An intelligence driven operation was then carried out by Mankweng SAPS, members of the Limpopo Highway Patrol (LHP) team with Polokwane Police to monitor the truck from the N1 North where the truck was monitored from Makhado to to be stopped and searched in Dalmada area under Polokwane police area”.

Brigadier Mojapelo said the truck was loaded with 152 boxes of Remington Gold cigarettes.

The suspects, he said, did not explain the origin of the illicit cigarettes.

He said the lorry and illicit cigarettes worth R1.5 million were seized during the arrest.

“The suspects aged 39 and 49 will appear in Polokwane Magistrates Court on Monday, September 26, 2022. Police investigations are continuing,” said Brig Mojapelo.

Limpopo Police Commander Lt Gen Thembi Hadebe said the police carried out a well-coordinated operation.

She also thanked community members for continually helping them fight crime.

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