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2021/07/28      |  Written By:  Brigadier M Makhele   |   Province:  Free State

Two suspects were arrested on the 26 July 2021, on the R59 and N3 roads respectively for possession of illicit cigarettes.

Viljoensdrift: Members who were on duty on the R59 road, noticed a vehicle parked alongside the road. The vehicle was approached and a request made to search the vehicle. During the search, cigarettes were found hidden in a black bag.

The suspect tried to bribe on member with R1800.00 and he refused.

About 2470 boxes of 20 each to the estimated value of about R20 000 were confiscated by the police.

The 40-year-old male suspect was arrested for possession of suspected illicit cigarettes and bribery. He will be charged to appear in Sasolburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, 28 July 2021.

Harrismith : A taxi driver was arrested and charged with possession of illicit cigarettes during a Roadblock on the N3 Durban bound.

The taxi was stopped and searched at about 13:00 and a box carrying cigarette and could be accounted for was found. Cigarettes valued at about R12 500.00 were confiscated.

The suspect will appear in Harrismith Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 27 July 2021.