R1.6m worth of illegal cigarettes seized

2012-11-14 14:35

Durban - Two men were arrested in Durban on Wednesday morning for possession of contraband cigarettes with an estimated street value of R1.6m, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

The men, aged 41 and 46, were arrested at the Nandi Drive service station along the N2, Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

"Members were working on information of a truck that was travelling from Maputo, Mozambique, heading towards Durban, which was loaded with a huge consignment of counterfeit cigarettes," Mdunge said.

Police found a truck parked at the service station and searched it. Boxes of cigarettes were found in the cockpit and in a compartment underneath the trailer. The men were expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-14 14:50

    Jesus, what is happening here? This morning is was R20 million in diamonds now this? Yup......Nero fiddles while Rome burns ne? Fatcats all safe in their compounds, chaos runs supreme throughout our glorious South Africa!!! Protestors every which way.....bllod hell!! Omnishambles!!!

  • barry.ahern.3 - 2012-11-14 15:14

    I find it difficult to celebrate this...why? Well, people on the street are llosing thousands in Taxes to finance private residences, luxury flights, catering...ect of governement to the extent of Billions of rand. So we must rejoice now that the only thing police are currently doing right is keeping low cost products off the street...I know, i know its still illegal, and well done i guess, but im still not rejoicing

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-14 15:16

    This is what you get for illegal activities. cANCer does not like the competition.

  • michele.lavagna - 2012-11-14 16:42

    You know what R30 for a stupid box of (legal) 20 cigs opposed to R10. Government keeps putting everything up to pay for there lavish lifestyles. There will always be a black market out there for people to be able to afford a life. The only reason why they are so focused on this, is they are worried how it is going to affect them in the long run... (Financially)

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