Three nabbed for contraband cigarettes

2012-01-29 23:15

Johannesburg - Three men were arrested after contraband cigarettes worth R1.5m were found in a Pick n Pay truck entering South Africa, North West police said on Sunday.

The 28-year-old driver was coming from Botswana to deliver goods in South Africa when he was approached by two Zambian men, spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said in a statement.

"He alleges the men asked him to help them transport their goods to SA. He agreed and the two foreign men, driving a X5 BMW, escorted him on the route."

When the truck was opened and searched at the Ramatlabama border post, near Mahikeng on Friday, 225 cases of cigarettes were found.

The other two men, aged 38 and 25, were arrested in Mahikeng.

"The two men tried to bribe the police officers who arrested them with R10 000 in cash," said Ngubane.

The three were expected to appear in the Mahikeng Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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