A 48-year-old suspect has been arrested by SAPS after attempting to drive his truck containing a multi-million rand consignment of cigarettes from Botswana into South Africa . this is often the second major bust reported in the week after a petroleum tanker full of illegal cigarettes was caught in Beitbridge, Limpopo.
It is reported that 152 ‘master boxes’ of cigarettes – worth over R4.25 million – were uncovered.
The suspect is predicted to seem today within the Zeerust Magistrates’ Court for smuggling illicit cigarettes.
In a statement released by SAPS earlier within the day revealed that the teamster is needed for an identical offence in Limpopo.
“According to reports, the suspect was entering the country from Zambia via Botswana when his truck with Gauteng Province license number was stopped for an enquiry . During the search by South African Police Service (SAPS) members, 152 master boxes of cigarettes with an estimated value of R4 256 725 were found. Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect is thanks to appear for an identical offence before the court in August this year”
Lieutenant General Sello Kwena hailed the vigilance of his officers who ensured that the ban on tobacco is enforced.
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) is investigating the circumstances behind the main bust in North West.