The provincial police spokesperson, Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said two operations took place on Thursday and the SAPS’ Capricorn District Women Network during its crime prevention operation arrested 18 suspects for various crimes ranging from smuggling illicit cigarettes, possession and dealing on dagga, selling liquor without a permit and the contravention of the Immigration Act.
“They also executed the following tasks - roadblocks, vehicle checkpoints, stop and searches, compliance inspections at liquor and second-hand goods dealers as well as walkabouts and visits at the shopping centres and taxi ranks.
“Amongst the arrested suspects there were two tuckshop owners,” Ledwaba said.
In separate incidents, a 37-year-old man and a 25-year-old man were arrested for dealing in dagga from their tuckshop in the Mogwadi policing precinct.
The success during these operations included road traffic fines and the total value of goods confiscated is estimated to be R7,500.
“There were 866 illicit cigarette sticks and 532 sachets of dagga were confiscated during the operations,” Ledwaba said.
The Limpopo Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe welcomed the arrests and lauded members for the success of the operations.
The arrested suspects are expected to appear in court soon.