Illegal cigarettes confiscated in Limpopo

2012-02-07 16:34

Johannesburg - A 39-year-old man was arrested in Mpumalanga for possessing illegal cigarettes to the value of R250 000, police said on Tuesday.

The man's vehicle was stopped and searched by police on the road between Dennilton and Groblersdal, said Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto.

Police found 15 cartons of cigarettes wrapped in black plastic bags, which were confiscated.

Otto said the cigarettes were smuggled into the country and the man could not produce invoices.

The man will appear in the Groblersdal Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

More arrests are possible as the investigation continues.

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-07 17:00

    Corrupt customs officers do not provide goods clearance invoices.

  • Mfudzi - 2012-02-07 18:27

    cigarettes are being smuggled into the country almost every day. those responsible are known to the cops. they are moving in BMW's and other fast cars known to the cops from Musina and other border towns into the interior. my question is "with all the intelligence that they have about the movement of these smugglers, why do the cops pay a blind eye to this activity?"some of the wellknown smugglers are now quite rich and the cops know them well. i have no choice but to suspect that there is an element of conivance here otherwise cigarette smuggling should not have been made such a thriving trade. visit Louis Trichardt and see what is happening in the taxi rank - right under the cops' nose. if nothing can be done about it just stop treating this is an offence, otherwise you risk making a laughing stock of the cops on the highways and elsewhere

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