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R900 000 illegal cigarette bust

KwaZulu-Natal - Police in KwaZulu-Natal arrested three people at the weekend, with an estimated R900 000 worth of illegal cigarettes.

The arrests came on Friday, after officers stopped and searched a bakkie that was travelling on the R22 between eManguzi and Mbazwana, about 450km north of Durban.

Workers destroy counterfeit cigarettes. File photo: Independent Newspapers. Credit: Handout

Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said two suspected foreign women and a man were travelling in the vehicle which had been loaded with at least 200 packs of cigarettes.

The trio were arrested, Zwane said.

“The vehicle was also confiscated. Mbazwane police are investigating and suspects will be charged in terms of Customs and Excise Act.”

Authorities from Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (Tisa) were also contacted.

The arrested suspects, aged between 29 and 42, are expected to appear in the Ubombo Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. - IOL

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