Man arrested over R9m cigarettes

2012-03-08 19:20

Johannesburg - A man found in possession of contraband cigarettes with a street value of about R9m has been arrested in Lichtenburg, North West police said on Thursday.

Police received a tip-off on Tuesday about people loading cigarettes into a truck on the Sylyn farm in Lichtenburg, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

"When the police arrived on the scene, three Pakistani nationals ran away."

He said the man arrested told the police he had been travelling from Botswana to Lichtenburg when he was stopped by the three Pakistanis.

They asked him to deliver cigarettes for them and promised that he would be paid.

"The Pakistanis offloaded the cigarettes from their truck on to the 47-year-old man's truck, and directed him to the farm. He alleges that he does not know the names of the Pakistanis," said Ngubane.

Police found boxes of cigarettes sealed in rows of tens, containing different types of contraband cigarettes worth R9m inside the truck.

Another three vehicles found on the scene were also confiscated.

The man would appear in court soon.

  • Mark - 2012-03-08 19:57

    Lots of money to be made when there is a big tax discrepency between you and your neighbours.

  • Badgerspoon - 2012-03-08 20:17

    As for the cigarette smugglers - smoke 'em

      Badgerspoon - 2012-03-08 20:18

      Klap them so hard they get a toe-bek-hou.

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-03-09 04:33

    Thanks for this useless bit of information. Question is ... where are the cigarettes now and which police force is benefiting from them? THAT's what we want to know!

      Keith - 2012-06-08 21:08

      those cigarettes get sold to all prisoners

  • Keith - 2012-06-08 21:07

    Ngubane you and oldtime 26 madota the pakistanis run away so the court have to give you the benefit of doudt and set you free.Salute die nomer het vol gekom.Eish wena

  • Keith - 2012-06-08 21:10

    I think the confiscated cigarettes gets exported to Angola as original brands.

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