Illicit cigarettes worth millions land man in jail

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BONUS- RUSTENBURG- The police in Madikwe, acting on a tip-off, arrested a 43-year-old on Saturday (31 August) in Moubana village outside Madikwe for possession of illicit cigarettes.

According to information received it is alleged that the police responded quickly after receiving the tip-off about two vehicles, a charcoal BMW and Red Golf , that were escorting a truck which was suspected to have been hijacked. The police allegedly spotted the truck on the gravel road leading to Moubana and summoned back-up after realising that the truck was escorted by four vehicles. Upon recognizing the presence of the police it is alleged that escorting vehicles fled the scene and left the truck behind. The driver of the truck was arrested and five other male occupants managed to run and fled into the bushes. Upon conducting a search, the police discovered boxes of illicit cigarettes with an estimated value of R1 166 000. The driver was then charged for being in possession of illicit cigarettes. He is due to appear in court soon.