The Provincial Commissioner of South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, applauded members of Groblersbrug Port of Entry for their alertness and commitment that led to the confiscation of two heavy duty trucks fully loaded with illicit cigarettes and, the subsequent arrest of one suspect. The incident happened at Groblersbrug Port of Entry on Sunday, 02 April 2023.
The arrested suspect is one of the two drivers of the trucks which were found fully loaded with illicit cigarettes worth over R1,4 million on the border.
According to the information received, the two suspect were on the border of Groblersbrug, waiting to enter into South Africa from Botswana, when members on duty became suspicious and conducted a search on the two trucks. They ultimately found these cigarettes loaded in the trucks.
One suspect was arrested on the spot while the other man fled the scene on foot.
The suspect is expected to appear before Phalala Magistrates’ Court on 04 April 2023, facing charges of smuggling of illicit cigarettes.
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