Two suspects were arrested and illicit cigarettes were confiscated on Tuesday 18 January 2022 at about 05:00 in Saamboubrug, Limpopo. This is after a vibrant partnership between the Police and the Rural Safety structures under the Saamboubrug policing area.
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Police received a tipoff from local farmers in the area, about two NP300 Nissan bakkies that were traveling from Musina using the Alldays road, transporting illicit cigarettes and heading towards Saamboubrug policing area.
A snap operation was conducted by the local Police, assisted by the farmers at Maasstroom crossroad with the intention of stopping and searching the vehicles.
Upon arrival at the crossroad, Police attempted to stop the two vehicles but they did not comply. They sped off at high speed using the road that leads to Tolwe policing area.
Afterwards, a car chase ensued with assistance from the farmers and Tolwe Police. They managed to stop one vehicle that was fully loaded with illicit cigarettes. One male suspect was immediately arrested at the spot.
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The other driver abandoned his vehicle which was also loaded with illicit cigarettes. He ran into the nearby bushes on foot to evade arrest. He was later found hiding in the bushes and arrested.
The illicit cigarettes with an estimated value of R667.326.00, were found loaded in the two motor vehicles and were confiscated.
The suspects aged 35 and 41 are expected to appear before Senwabarwana Magistrate’s court soon for possession and smuggling of illicit cigarettes.
The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has complimented the collaboration between the Police, Rural Safety structures as well as the YCOP for stopping the smugglers in their tracks.
Police investigations into the origin of these illicit cigarettes and their destination are continuing.