R3m worth of counterfeit goods seized

2014-12-02 17:46
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Johannesburg - Police last week seized counterfeit goods valued at around R3m and illicit cigarettes worth about R470 000, Western Cape police said on Tuesday.

The goods were seized during a trilateral inter-provincial cross-border operation conducted from 24 to 30 November, said police spokesperson Bernadine Steyn.

The operation was conducted in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape, and participants included officials from all affected police units, provincial, and local municipal traffic departments, the SA Revenue Service, the department of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, the SA National Defence Force, and home affairs, among others.

"High visibility was maintained in the provinces and roadblocks were held on the main and secondary routes," said Steyn.

"We mainly focused on the illegal transporting of stolen goods, firearms, counterfeit goods, marine fauna and flora resources, drugs, stolen non-ferrous metals, stolen livestock, and rhino poaching. Warrants of arrests were executed..."

During the operation, a total of 117 people were arrested for various offences, including drug possession and house robbery.

Fines to the value of about R46 400 were also issued for traffic violations, said Steyn.

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