Fake pills and ciggies caught on camera

2016-02-08 08:30
Loop Street police station’s Constable Phindi Madlala with some of the suspected illicit goods seized from a man and woman in the CBD on Friday.

Loop Street police station’s Constable Phindi Madlala with some of the suspected illicit goods seized from a man and woman in the CBD on Friday. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A sharp eye for crime combined with swift police work led to the arrest of a man and woman suspected of trading in counterfeit goods.

On Friday morning last week, a Safe City camera operator noticed peculiar behaviour between a man and a woman in the parking of lot of Dibsons Cash and Carry in Langalibalele Street.

Keeping a close eye on the pair, the camera operator noticed a trade.

The man handed the woman some goods, which she paid him for, before attempting to quickly hide the items among goods bought from the store loaded at the back of her bakkie.

Two officers from the police’s CCTV unit, which assists Safe City specifically for crimes caught on their cameras, swooped in to investigate and found the woman in possession of illicit cigarettes, cosmetics and pills.

While under arrest, it is believed the woman was asked to phone the man she bought the goods from, and upon his return to the parking lot, he too was arrested.

The man was escorted by police to his cellphone repair shop in the CBD, and upon searching the building, police found similar items, believed also to be counterfeit.

A customs official brought in from Durban to inspect the items confirmed to police that the goods were illicit.

Both the man and woman are expected to appear in court soon on charges of contravening the Customs and Excise Act.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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