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Two truckers nabbed for smuggling R2,5m worth illicit goods at Groblersbridge Border

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Police in Limpopo has arrested two truck drivers at Groblersbridge Border post outside Lephalale for smuggling illicit goods which include skin lightening creams and counterfeit cigarettes.

The suspects were intercepted on the verge of smuggling millions worth of illicit goods into the country.

The Customs and Border Police Officials intercepted two Zambia registered trucks attempting to cross from Botswana into South Africa, carrying loads of copper. The trucks were diverted to a searching bay where a thorough inspection of the consignments was conducted.

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Upon inspecting the cargo, boxes containing creams and cigarettes, covered with the tarpaulins, were discovered.

The following items were confiscated:

• 32 400 tubes of Movite and Lemonvite creams

• 120 000 Tablets of Super Apeti (Cyproheptadine)

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• 1 500 cartons of ‘Wish’ cigarettes

The total value of these items is estimated to be worth R2 661 742.00.

The two suspects, aged 37 and 46, are expected to appear before the Phalala Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 23 July 2020 on charges of smuggling illicit cigarettes and Contravention of Medicine and Related substance control Act.

Meanwhile, the two suspects who were arrested on Monday, 20 July 2020, attempting to smuggle more than six million rands worth of illicit cigarettes at Beitbridge Border Post, Johannes Chinyai aged 36 and Sivelukuthula Ndlovu aged 44, have appeared in Musina Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 22 July 2020 and were remanded in custody until 28 July 2020 for further police investigations.

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