Suspected counterfeit cigarettes seized in major bust at casino

2015-10-22 12:16
A large consignment of cigarettes was recovered from a bakkie after a major police bust at the Golden Horse Casino on Tuesday night.

A large consignment of cigarettes was recovered from a bakkie after a major police bust at the Golden Horse Casino on Tuesday night. (Supplied)

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Pietermarizburg - A large consignment of cigarettes was recovered from a bakkie after a major police bust at the Golden Horse Casino on Tuesday night.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said Alexandra police officers embarked on an intelligence-driven operation that resulted in one man being caught with R300 000 worth of cigarettes.

After information was received about a grey Toyota Hilux bakkie with a horse carrier heading to Pietermaritzburg from Johannesburg with 96 boxes of what were believed to be counterfeit cigarettes, police and customs officials pounced on the man at the parking lot of the casino. Members of the K9 Unit were also involved in the bust.

The boxes were hidden under bundles of hay both in the trailer and in the van.

The man was arrested, his vehicle impounded and the cigarettes seized.

He was charged with theft in terms of the Customs and Excise Act and will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court soon

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