Contraband cigarettes seized in Benoni

Johannesburg - Over R4 million worth of contraband cigarettes were seized in Crystal Park, Benoni, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

Police followed up on information on Tuesday night and made the find at the truck stop, police spokeswoman Captain Doniah Mothutsane said.

“Gauteng flying squad and commercial crimes seized tons of fake cigarettes worth an estimated R4.6 million after receiving a tip-off about a truck travelling from Zimbabwe last night,” said Mothutsane.

The truck was pulling what appeared to be timber, but there were thousands of cigarette cartons stored inside it.

“Two people aged between 24 and 53 were arrested for possession of illegal cigarettes and contravening the tobacco act,” said Mothutsane.

The two would appear in court on Thursday. - Sapa