Three nabbed for contraband cigarettes

2012-01-29 23:15

Johannesburg - Three men were arrested after contraband cigarettes worth R1.5m were found in a Pick n Pay truck entering South Africa, North West police said on Sunday.

The 28-year-old driver was coming from Botswana to deliver goods in South Africa when he was approached by two Zambian men, spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said in a statement.

"He alleges the men asked him to help them transport their goods to SA. He agreed and the two foreign men, driving a X5 BMW, escorted him on the route."

When the truck was opened and searched at the Ramatlabama border post, near Mahikeng on Friday, 225 cases of cigarettes were found.

The other two men, aged 38 and 25, were arrested in Mahikeng.

"The two men tried to bribe the police officers who arrested them with R10 000 in cash," said Ngubane.

The three were expected to appear in the Mahikeng Magistrate's Court on Monday.

  • miyo27 - 2012-01-30 06:43

    hmmm I wonder if the X5 had blue lights on the dashboard by any chance

  • sue.da.nim - 2012-01-30 07:53

    in a Pick N Pay Truck????? i wonder if it was destined for their shops or if he stole the truck? how else would he be able to drive it?

  • John - 2012-01-30 08:21

    "The two men tried to bribe the police officers who arrested them with R10 000 in cash" Well done boys.Congrats Now like in any Civilised Country reward those police officers acordingly. Don't make this as line of duty and handshake.

  • faerrab - 2012-01-30 08:51

    The tobacco industry is controlled by big players such as BAT, smuggling will prevail as new entrants stand no chance of entering the industry legally due to the entry barriers determined by the big corporates.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-30 11:04

    As long as manufacturers and government use cigarettes and other good as tax and profit capitalizing commodities, they will be smuggled, and bought by the average South African. The days of national pride and doing the right thing are long gone and will not be seen again, the average man in most cases now does whatever he has to to survive in spite of government and the use of black market good will continue to spread and increase.

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