- On Wednesday, Jap Cape officers found about 1 279 packing containers weighing a complete of 200 kilograms of each uncooked and lower rag tobacco.
- The contraband, suspected to have come by way of the Beit Bridge border publish from Zimbabwe, had been present in a warehouse in East London.
- The proprietor of the warehouse has been arrested.
Officers found a stash of unprocessed tobacco value R10 million at a warehouse within the city’s Thorn Park, suspected to have come by way of the Beit Bridge border publish 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.
Jap Cape police mentioned the arrest got here after customs officers on the border publish 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 Street because the cargo’s vacation spot.
The confiscated contraband is estimated at a road worth of R10 million.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana mentioned SAPS’ Rural Security members and customized officers stormed the warehouse and found stacks of quite a few packing containers of unprocessed tobacco.
He mentioned the suspect was arrested for possession of the product and unlawful actions that allegedly befell contained in the alleged rented enterprise premises.
Kinana mentioned through the operation, police found about 1 279 packing containers weighing a complete of 200 kilograms of each uncooked 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, mentioned Kinana.
The arrest and bust occurred at a Thorn Park warehouse in East London.
The confiscated contraband had an estimated road worth of R10 million, mentioned Kinana.
Appearing provincial police commissioner Main-Basic Zithulele Dladla counseled the work of the police in partnership with customs officers.
It’s this type of collaboration and data sharing that can guarantee our success in breaking the spine of the felony community. I belief that our detectives will dig extra into these despicable actions as a way to expose even those that might have been a part of the plan and enterprise.
The suspect is because of seem within the East London Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom as soon as he is charged for possession of unprocessed tobacco and bribery.
The potential of further expenses couldn’t be dominated out and the investigation continued, mentioned Kinana.
Kinana was unable to verify if the truck driver stopped on the border publish was arrested.