Man held for contraband cigarettes

North West -

A man has been arrested for possession of contraband cigarettes at the Skilpadshek border post near Botswana in the North West, police said on Wednesday.

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“Skilpadshek border post police recovered 2657 packets of illicit cigarettes on Tuesday at about 10.15am,” Colonel Emelda Setlhako said in a statement.

“According to information received the police were conducting a search at the arrival searching point... when they noticed a pack of illicit cigarettes hidden underneath a carpet in the boot of a vehicle.”

Police then searched the vehicle and found packs of cigarettes under the front bumper, rear bumper, dashboard and in a false compartment in the boot.

Setlhako said the contraband cigarettes, with an estimated street value of R37 940, were to be smuggled into South Africa.

The man, a 24-year-old Zimbabwean, was expected to appear in court soon. - Sapa