KZN police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said a joint operation by Mbazwane police and local traffic officers was conducted on Wednesday at about 9pm between Emanguzi and Mbazwane area preventing cross-border crimes,
“During the operations police stopped a Toyota Fortuner with four occupants and searched the vehicle. They found 17 boxes of illicit cigarettes worth more than R170 000. The suspects were arrested and charged for being in possession of illicit cigarettes in terms of Custom and Excise Act,” added Naicker.
All suspects will appear in the Ubombo Magistrates` Court on Monday.
Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the members who made the arrest.
“We are committed to rooting out crime and such cross border multi-disciplinary operations are necessary to catch criminals dealing in contraband. We are also appealing to our communities not to support these criminals by not buying counterfeit goods,” she said.
In a separate incident, a man was arrested for possession of counterfeit cigarettes worth about R195 000 on the N2 near Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal in February.
After failing to stop at the Golela Port of Entry, patrol guards chased the Nissan bakkie, arrested the 38-year-old driver and seized the counterfeit goods.
The suspect, Lucas Bongani Bhanda, was charged with the possession of counterfeit goods and appeared in the Pongola Magistrates’ Court.
– Caxton News Service