Skin lightening contraband from Botswana intercepted by SA authorities. Picture: SA Police Service.

Johannesburg - Two people travelling from Botswana into South Africa were arrested for transporting illicit skin lightening products with a street value of R3 million, Limpopo police said on Monday.

Spokesman Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the truck driver sped away when flagged down for an inspection at the Groblesburg port of entry in Lephalale on Sunday. The truck had a Gauteng registration plate.

''The truck was located and retreated to the inspection point and searched. During the search process, boxes of illicit creams were found concealed inside several heavy duty bags. The driver and his crew were immediately arrested.''

Police confiscated boxes full of dangerous products such as  Betasol skin lotions and creams, Epiderm lotions and some illicit weight loss tablets.

Skin lightening contraband from Botswana intercepted by SA authorities. Picture: SAPS

The two arrested, aged 37 and 44, will soon appear in the Phalala Magistrate's Court in Lephalale.

African News Agency (ANA)