Three suspects aged between 24 and 40 appeared before Naboomspruit magistrate court facing charges of dealing in illicit cigarettes and bribery.

Members of the Limpopo Tracking Team, Groblersdal Saps, Limpopo Highway Patrol and Marblehall Saps Reservists conducted a Crime Intelligence led operation upon receiving information about a truck transporting illicit cigarettes from Musina to Gauteng.

They promptly followed the leads, and a described truck was spotted along the N11 road to Marblehall. The truck then cornered and stopped at Roedtan.

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Thorough Search Operation ensued and Police recovered 146 boxes of Remington illicit cigarettes hidden in the compartment of the truck. The cigarettes are valued at R1.8 million. The driver, aged 24 was immediately arrested.

ILLICIT CIGARETTES SUSPECTS ARRESTED

The truck was allegedly escorted by a White Polo, and when the Police were busy, two occupants from the Polo approached them and offered the team an amount of R8700,00 (eight thousand seven hundred). Suspects aged 30 and 40 were also arrested for bribery.

The Police also seized two vehicles, a ’10 ton’ Hyundai truck and a VW Polo TDI.

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe is extremely impressed by the arrest. She encouraged the team to work harder to squeeze the space for criminals in this province.

The suspects have already appeared in Naboomspruit magistrate court today, 03 February 2022. They will appear again on 10 February 2022 for bail application.

The Police investigations are continuing.

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