Man held for boxes of illegal cigarettes

2013-11-25 00:00

A MAN arrested and charged with possesion of 92 boxes containing illegal cigarettes to the value of R1,38 million is appearing in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court today.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said the 59-year-old suspect was arrested on Friday after police received a tip-off that he kept illegal cigarettes in a house in the Malvern area in Durban.

Each of the 92 boxes found contained about 50 cartoons.

Zwane said that the recovered cigarettes do not have the prescribed health warning and do not comply with the Custom and Excise Act.

Meanwhile, on Saturday three more suspects, aged between 20 and 21 years, were arrested for the killing of police Constable Thabo Mlotshwa.

The trio was arrested in various places in the province and will now join the other four suspects who were arrested last week.

On Thursday members from the provincial Tracking Team and Chatsworth Cluster Crime Intelligence arrested four suspects between the ages of 17 and 34 for the murder of the policeman in Mpola, near Mariannhill.

It is alleged that on November 15, at about 7 pm, Mlotshwa, who was working for the national intervention unit, left his home to meet with an acquaintance. In Mpola he was shot and killed, before his attackers made off with his wallet, cellphones, bag and service pistol. His body was found buried in a shallow grave.

His car was found abandoned on November 19 at Lindelani.

The provincial tracking team followed information on the suspects and went to the home of one of the suspects in Mpola, where they found two shovels, the deceased’s bag, firearm retainer, a blood-stained curtain and muddied shoes.

The members seized the items and went to another house where one of the suspects was hiding. When questioned about the incident, he confessed to his involvement.

A total of four suspects were arrested in the follow-up investigation. All seven men will be charged and will appear at the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court today.

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