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ACCUSED FOUND GUILTY ON CHARGES OF CONTRAVENTION OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE ACT: FREE STATE
2020/10/22      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer L Steyn   |   Province:  Free State

Hendrik Cornelius Strydom (49) has been convicted and sentenced on charges of Contravention of the Customs and Excise Act on Monday.

Strydom was arrested on 20 May 2019 after the Heilbron vispol unit acted on information about a vehicle that was loading suspicious goods on a farm along Petrus Steyn Road. The vehicle had already left the farm when the police arrived on the scene and it was subsequently spotted in town where it was stopped in Church street.

The resultant search of the said vehicle uncovered several cartons of illicit cigarettes. The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Investigation ensued and it established that a Bronkhorstfontein farm was utilised as a warehouse to store illicit cigarettes. The value of the recovered cigarettes was estimated at approximately R681 800.

The Heilbron Magistrates' Court has sentenced Strydom to a fine amounting to R500 000 or five (5) years imprisonment.