The South African Police Service have once more intercepted motor vehicles, including a luxury SUV from being smuggled out of the country at the northern border between South Africa and Zimbabwe and in the process, confiscated packs of illegal cigarettes at different locations.
The Crime Intelligence driven operation comprising members of the Musina SAPS and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) followed up information that led them to the discovery of a BMW X3 in the middle of the Limpopo River.
The suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled to the other side of the river. The vehicle was then retrieved and towed back to South Africa.
The operation was expanded to other areas of Musina after information was related that there were cigarette smugglers using three vehicles.
One of the vehicles sped off from the Baobab toll gate and was found abandoned along the Waterpoort road after an intense car chase. The other vehicle was cornered at Sebayeng next to Turfloop in the Mankweng Cluster outside Polokwane.
The suspect, aged 38 was subsequently arrested and illegal cigarettes confiscated.
The following items were seized during this operations :
* one (01) x VW Polo.
* 8831 x Pacific blue cigarettes straight boxes.
*714 x cartons of illegal cigarettes to the estimated value of R 158 215-00.
*one (01) x Toyota Etios.
Police are still tracing the other suspects involved in these incidents.
The Police Investigations into the ownership of the recovered vehicles are still unfolding.
The arrested suspect will appear before the Mankweng Magistrate Court soon.
Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects ,may contact Brigadier James Espach at 082 576 0743 or the nearest Police Station or the Crime Stop toll free number on 0860010111 or the sms crime line 32211.
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