Cigarettes: R1,2 mln haul seized on farms

2012-05-22 00:00

MOUNTAIN Rise police recovered 81 boxes of contraband cigarettes worth R1,2 million at two local farms yesterday morning.

Twenty-one abandoned boxes of contraband cigarettes were found on the first farm, and 60 on the second farm.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said police received a tip off which indicated that tons of illegal cigarettes had been abandoned at the farms.

“Detectives from the station are still investigating possible links between these cigarettes and those recovered during an operation last Thursday,” Naicker said.

Five suspects were arrested for possession of illicit cigarettes and sexual performance stimulants worth over R1,5 million during an operation in Mountain Rise last week. Police also recovered three cars that were used by the suspects to transport the goods.

All five suspects appeared before the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on charges of possession of contraband goods.

They are all out on bail.

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