Man arrested over R9m cigarettes
Johannesburg - A man found in possession of contraband cigarettes with a street value of about R9m has been arrested in Lichtenburg, North West police said on Thursday.
Police received a tip-off on Tuesday about people loading cigarettes into a truck on the Sylyn farm in Lichtenburg, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.
"When the police arrived on the scene, three Pakistani nationals ran away."
He said the man arrested told the police he had been travelling from Botswana to Lichtenburg when he was stopped by the three Pakistanis.
They asked him to deliver cigarettes for them and promised that he would be paid.
"The Pakistanis offloaded the cigarettes from their truck on to the 47-year-old man's truck, and directed him to the farm. He alleges that he does not know the names of the Pakistanis," said Ngubane.
Police found boxes of cigarettes sealed in rows of tens, containing different types of contraband cigarettes worth R9m inside the truck.
Another three vehicles found on the scene were also confiscated.
The man would appear in court soon.