Friday,19 June 2020

Bethlehem: A 33-year-old man was arrested in the morning of the 18 June 2020 by members of Bethlehem K9 and Tactical Response Team.

This comes after members of K9 received an information about a foreign national owned shop which was selling illicit cigarettes in Roux Street; Bethlehem, which is not far from the police station.

Members responded to the information and went to search the store. Upon searching, police discovered a number of boxes allegedly containing illicit cigarettes to the value of more than one million rand hidden under the packets of chip. The store owner was thereafter arrested.

In another related incident a 27 years old foreign national was also arrested yesterday afternoon after he allegedly tried to bribe police officials to release his brother who was arrested for selling illegal cigarettes.

According to allegations suspect called the arresting officer and arranged a meeting with him and both suspect and arresting officer met at police station where the suspect offered the police R7000.00 for the release of his brother. He was immediately arrested.

Police confiscated illegal cigarettes and cash that was meant for the bribery.

Both suspects are expected to appear in court on Monday 22 June 2020 on the charges of selling illicit cigarettes during lockdown and bribery.