Lephalale illicit cigarettes dealer behind bars

In the wake of a restric­tion on smok­ing dur­ing the ongo­ing nation­al lock­down, which the Gov­ern­ment defined as mea­sure to bat­tle the spread­ing of the coro­n­avirus infec­tion in South Africa, police in Lep­ha­lale con­fis­cat­ed pro­hib­it­ed cig­a­rettes esti­mat­ed at R750 000.

Limpopo Police spokesper­son, Brigadier Mot­lafela Mojape­lo con­firmed cops found illic­it cig­a­rettes being sold in one of the shops few blocks away from the local police sta­tion.

“Act­ing on a tip-off that one of the shops near the police sta­tion is sell­ing ille­gal cig­a­rettes, police searched the premis­es. They uncov­ered a pile of box­es con­tain­ing illic­it cig­a­rettes esti­mat­ed at R750 000 packed in the store­room,” said Mojape­lo.

Mojape­lo said police arrest­ed a  27-year-old sus­pect on Mon­day.

The sus­pect will appear in the Lep­ha­lale Magistrate’s Court on Wednes­day, April 8, charged with trad­ing in illic­it cig­a­rettes.

His accom­plice evad­ed arrest and is still being sought by police.

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