POLOKWANE: The relentless efforts made by the Police in the fight against the smuggling and illegal trading in illicit cigarettes continue to yield positive results following the apprehension of two suspects along the N1 road next to Botlokwa yesterday on Friday 30 September 2022.

The truck transporting animal food (lucern), was stopped by the Police along the N1 road towards Polokwane, as it approached Sekonye junction under Botlokwa policing area. This after the information was received that the two suspects were actually transporting illicit cigarettes.

The truck was disguised to be carrying stacks of Lucern in the rear section of the trailer to deceive the police. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that half of the front side was fully loaded with 104 cartoons of Remington Gold illicit cigarettes with an estimated street of R70.000. Preliminary investigations revealed that the cigarettes were reportedly smuggled from Zimbabwe.

The suspects aged 25 and 28 are expected to appear before Morebeng Magistrate court soon facing charges of transportation and possession of illicit cigarettes.

The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended the members for accurately responding to the information received and has also thanked community members for continuously assisting the Police in the fight against crime.

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