Tip-off leads to contraband cigarettes arrests

2012-02-13 14:39

Cape Town - Two men were arrested and contraband cigarettes worth R600 000 seized in Mitchells Plain, the City of Cape Town said on Monday.

Safety and security spokesperson Richard Bosman said a man in his early 20s was arrested at a house in Rocklands at about 10:00 on Sunday.

Police seized 553 cartons of Pacific cigarettes and 47 cartons of Chicago cigarettes. The arrest followed a tip-off from the public.

A short while later, a second man, also in his 20s, was arrested at his take-away shop in central Mitchells Plain on the same charge. Bosman said 50 packets of Pacific cigarettes were confiscated.

The men were expected to appear in Mitchells Plain Magistrate's Court later on Monday.

  • Virginia - 2012-02-13 15:17

    Why do the police worry about illegal cigarettes when there are far worse cases to concentrate on. The public is being ripped off by the cigarette companies and the government. Cigarettes should be far cheaper, but as usual we smokers are being taken for a ride.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-13 15:23

      I agree Virginia. Over R30 a pack now. We should get a refund if we live past the age of Seventy. After all, "Smoking kills". I think stress and crime kills more people than cigarettes - but then, I would say that, wouldn't I?

      Katlego - 2012-02-13 15:38

      Just quit

  • Newsmonger - 2012-02-13 15:27

    You know what gets me about the 'illegal cigarettes' is that if the government where more reasonable with the people that do smoke and not charge the huge taxated prices there wouldnt be a black market for it. Whilst I stand to be riticuled about my statement I am one of the people who smoke the chicago brand. Their advertisements on radio saying that the illegal cigarette trade is destroying low cost housing...I ask you please for F&k sakes look at limpopo what screwed that up was MAlema, cronies and the grudge that shower head I ask you do the trade of illegal cigarettes bare any small relevance to low cost housing, rather lining the pockets fo the morons that is the Anc.I will continue to buy these cigarettes and provide the royal finger to fatso,showra and the rest of the ANC!

  • braamc - 2012-02-13 15:42

    What makes Pacific cigarette's illegal for Pick 'n Pay and some Spar shops sells them?

      Newsmonger - 2012-02-13 16:20

      they pay the vendors dont therefore its illegal

  • KallieHungBal - 2012-02-13 16:29

    You must remember that our country is being taken over by Japanese/Chinese. They've got shops in avery city and town in this country. I know for a fact they sell illegal sigs for as little as R9(Nine Rand) for a pack of 20. The don't rent properties, because they live in the shop, and they don't pay income tax and UIF. They don't support ather bussinesses in town because they eat all these bloody weird foods. Beside that they get a grant from their goverment every month to stay here. If you take all this into consideration the can sell their products up to 50% cheaper than the "legal" shop owner. That is why so many "Corner Shops" are closing down. Most of them are running illegal Cash Loans from their shops and are retaining clients bank cards and ID books illegally. I say lock them up and deport them.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-13 17:35

    Cigarettes should go generic. All packaged the same. Just marked "Cigarettes". There doesn't have to be product differentiation because it is an undesirable product which is being phased out.

      John - 2012-02-13 22:28

      Sure.... But when we seen Maserati with Fiat sign.

  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-02-14 10:32

    It is illegal because the gov is losing out on approx 3 BILLION rands in tax revenue. Just think about it..... if they had an extra 3bn to squander the Limpopo pig trough would not be empty right now. Do you know how many ministers could benefit from another 3bn?

  • gareth.graybrowne - 2012-03-22 19:32

    With 200 cig's in a carton and 50 cartons in a case this is only about 70 cases this is a drop in the ocean of the BIG problem out there. Well done on doing something but not much and WAY to late.

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