Illegal cigarette seller bribes cop

2013-11-28 00:00

A MAN found with R50 000 worth of illegal cigarettes landed himself in a bigger spot of trouble after allegedly offering the arresting officer a R10 000 bribe.

Members of the SAPS Railway Police were conducting an investigation into the trade of illegal cigarettes in the Durban CBD on Monday, when they seized 224 cartons of illegal cigarettes with a street value of R50 000.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker, the suspect then offered the off­icer a bribe.

An investigation by members of the Railway Police revealed that the suspect would be entering the city on the M4. After stopping the vehicle, they found a large box with photo frames. After removing the frames, they found the illegal cigarettes at the bottom of the box.

The suspect, a Zimbabwean national, was immediately arrested and charged for being in possession of illegal cigarettes and corruption. The case was postponed when the suspect appeared yesterday in the Durban Magistrate’s Court.

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