Man arrested for importing illicit cigarettes worth more than a million rand

POTCHEFSTROOM- Police in Madikwe, acting on a tip-off, arrested a 43-year-old suspect on Saturday, 31 August 2019 in Moubana village outside Madikwe for possession of illicit cigarettes.

It is alleged that the police responded quickly after receiving the tip-off about two vehicles, a charcoal BMW and Red Golf that were escorting a truck which was suspected to have been hijacked. The police allegedly spotted the truck on the gravel road leading to Moubana and summoned back-up after realising that the truck was escorted by four vehicles. It is alleged that upon recognising the presence of the police, escorting vehicles fled the scene and left the truck behind. Consequently, the truck was stopped. Although five male occupants managed to run and fled into the bushes, the driver of the truck was arrested.

Upon conducting a search, the police discovered boxes of illicit cigarettes with estimated value of R1 166 000-00. The driver was charged for being in possession of illicit cigarettes (Export Control Act under the Customs and Excise Act 91 of 1964). He is expected to appear in court soon.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of North West, Major General Ryno Naidoo, congratulated the police for their swift reaction that led to the massive recovery. He said that the success, which is in accordance with the Economic Stimulus Package Operation, will send a clear message that illicit activities will not be tolerated. He thanked members of the community for their cooperation in reporting the incident, which resulted in the arrest.

Source: South African Police Service

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