Seized Tobacco: Couple nabbed

2011-11-21 00:00

THE police arrested two suspects, a man (36) and a woman (28), last Wednesday in the upper north coast close to the Mozambican border and seized counterfeit cigarettes with a street value of about R100 000.

Provincial spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the bust was made during a police proactive operation in the area.

A Toyota Cressida vehicle that the suspects were travelling in was also seized.

“The vehicle stopped on the R22 main road between Mbazwana and kwaNgwanase, was loaded with cartons of cigarettes that had been illegally imported from Mozambique,” said Mdunge.

The couple appeared in the Ubombo Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of possession of counterfeit goods.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has also stepped in as the illegal importation has tax implications. — WR.

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