Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Botshabelo: A 39-year-old Ethiopian is in police custody after he was allegedly transporting illicit cigarettes worth half a million.
Boithuso Crime Prevention members were on patrol. They noticed a white panel van driving on a gravel route on Friday; 15 May 2020. Police followed the said vehicle and stopped it. Police requested prescribed permit from the driver but he failed to produce. The driver was requested to drive to police station for further interrogation.
On the way, he allegedly stopped and offered police five thousand rand as a bribery. He was immediately arrested for bribery and he further pleaded with members to release him as he will give a further fifteen thousand rand should they escort him to his place.
Police took him to the police station and upon searching the van, found eight boxes filled with Sun illicit cigarettes with an estimated street value of R 636 800,00. A case of dealing and transporting of illicit cigarettes was opened for further investigation. The panel van was confiscated.
Apprehended suspect will appear before the Botshabelo Magistrates’ Court soon facing charges of bribery and dealing with illicit cigarettes.