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R10m unlicensed raw tobacco from Zimbabwe found in East London warehouse

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Police found about 1 279 packing containers weighing a complete of 200 kilograms of each raw and lower rag tobacco.

  • On Wednesday, Eastern Cape officers found about 1 279 packing containers weighing a complete of 200 kilograms of each raw and lower rag tobacco.
  • The contraband, suspected to have come by the Beit Bridge border put up from Zimbabwe, had been found in a warehouse in East London.
  • The proprietor of the warehouse has been arrested.

Officials found a stash of unprocessed tobacco value R10 million at a warehouse in the city’s Thorn Park, suspected to have come by the Beit Bridge border put up from Zimbabwe.

East London police made the bust in collaboration with customs officers.

A 31-year-old male suspect was arrested for possession of unprocessed tobacco and bribery.

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Eastern Cape police stated the arrest got here after customs officers on the border put up stopped a truck with a cargo of unlicensed tobacco destined for East London.

Customs officers knowledgeable their colleagues in East London a few Warehouse in Kleipheuvel Road because the cargo’s vacation spot.

The confiscated contraband is estimated at a avenue worth of R10 million.

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Police spokesperson Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana stated SAPS’ Rural Safety members and customized officers stormed the warehouse and found stacks of quite a few packing containers of unprocessed tobacco.

He stated the suspect was arrested for possession of the product and unlawful actions that allegedly happened contained in the alleged rented enterprise premises.

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Kinana stated throughout the operation, police found about 1 279 packing containers weighing a complete of 200 kilograms of each raw and lower rag tobacco.

He added that the suspect allegedly tried to bribe the customs officers with an undisclosed amount of cash to evade arrest.

The customs officers reported the matter to the police who had since confiscated the alleged money and added one other cost of bribery, stated Kinana.

The arrest and bust occurred at a Thorn Park warehouse in East London.

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The confiscated contraband had an estimated avenue worth of R10 million, stated Kinana.  

Acting provincial police commissioner Major-General Zithulele Dladla counseled the work of the police in partnership with customs officers.

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Dladla stated:

It is this sort of collaboration and data sharing that may guarantee our success in breaking the spine of the felony community. I belief that our detectives will dig extra into these despicable actions in order to reveal even those that might have been a part of the plan and enterprise.

The suspect is because of seem in the East London Magistrate’s Court as soon as he is charged for possession of unprocessed tobacco and bribery.

The risk of further fees couldn’t be dominated out and the investigation continued, stated Kinana.

Kinana was unable to verify if the truck driver stopped on the border put up was arrested.

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