GRAAFF-REINET NEWS - The Klipplaat SAPS on Saturday morning, 25 July, confiscated cigarettes worth more than R700 000.
Graaff-Reinet Police Spokesperson, Capt Bradley Rawlinson, said the Klipplaat police officers were on patrol when they were alerted of a bakkie transporting the tobacco products en route to Steytlerville.
The officers stopped and searched the vehicle. They found 14 boxes containing 718 cartons of cigarettes hidden under bags of charcoal.
The total street value is R716 000.
The bakkie in which the cigarettes were transported belongs to a business owner in Steytlerville.
The 41-year-old suspect was arrested and the illegal cigarettes were confiscated under Klipplaat Case Disaster Management Act regulations, in which the selling of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products to a member of the public is prohibited.
The Acting District Commissioner for Sarah Baartman District, Brigadier John Lebok, commended the Klipplaat Police members and mentioned that criminals will use any mode in transporting of their illegal products.
"Police must clamp down on the movement of illegal merchandise," Lebok said.
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