Cigarettes worth R2m hidden in tanker

2011-12-09 18:35

Johannesburg - A petrol tanker filled with contraband cigarettes worth about R2.2m was seized at the Beit Bridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe on Friday.

The driver was arrested, said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto.

Police were conducting routine stop-and-search operations at the border post when they found the truck was not carrying fuel but cigarettes.

"The petrol tanker entered the country from Zimbabwe. Police confiscated 900 master boxes and 13 loose cartons of cigarettes," said Otto.

The nationality and age of the man was not known and investigations were continuing.

  • mystae - 2011-12-09 19:41

    I'm wondering if it isn't the tobacco companies doing this themselves? Maybe as a form of advertising to get people hooked - once the law clamps down, people will still be hooked and be forced to buy the 'official' more expensive counterparts. On another note, bloody cheeck of the tobacco companies to publish those 'how much do illegal cigarettes really cost' ads. They say x number of policemen, hospitals and the like, but we all know that if illegal cigarettes are stopped, that money will definitely not be going to any of those things.

  • Ben - 2011-12-09 20:05

    Holy smoke !

      George - 2011-12-10 10:05

      Im shell shocked

  • Joseph - 2011-12-09 22:26

    Starve the market and all this nonsense will never find its way it to our country.People should stop buying illegal or stollen property,stop eating drugs,stop sleeping around.the power is in us the citizen to control and determine our destiney.If we do so drugs will never find its way to SA,criminals will stop stealing,illegal cigarettes will never make it to our shores and HIV will decrease.We have the buying power lets stop it.

  • George - 2011-12-10 10:04

    Hay, we now have cigarettes that will light first time

  • Mfudzi - 2011-12-30 17:02

    well, we know for sure that crime does not pay. people have been arrested since time immemorial for the very same offense but I'm not sure why they don't learn.

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