3 men appear for contraband cigarettes

2013-02-18 20:53

Johannesburg - Three men, caught with contraband cigarettes with a street value of over R1m, appeared in the Lehurutshe Magistrate's Court on Monday, said North West police.

Captain Amanda Funani said the case was postponed to February 28, when the men were expected to apply for bail.

The group, all Zimbabwean nationals, were arrested on Saturday evening at the Kopfontein border when police officers stopped and searched their truck, which was being towed by a breakdown-truck.

"A hidden compartment was discovered by police and after breaking it open, the cigarettes were discovered. [A total of] 50 109 cartons of illicit cigarettes [were found]," said Funani.

The three men were arrested and charged for contravention of the customs and exercise Act and for smuggling illicit cigarettes.

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