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International illicit cigarettes dealer due in court


Media Statement from Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)
South African Police Service

LIMPOPO – A 37 year-old illicit cigarettes dealer is expected to appear in the Musina Magistrate’s Court today, 21 May 2021 following his arrest by an integrated police team. 

The police team comprising the Hawks, Crime Intelligence, Polokwane Tactical Response Team and SAPS Musina Visible Policing members received intelligence about the vehicles that were loading illicit cigarettes at a warehouse in Musina CBD on Thursday, 20 May 2021 and followed it up.

When the team arrived at the suspected illicit cigarettes warehouse, a trailer fully loaded with illicit cigarettes was found. Further investigation led to the discovery of other illicit cigarettes that were hidden in six (6) different vehicles.

It was further established that one of the vehicles (VW Passat) was reported stolen in Florida area at Gauteng province. The value of the recovered illicit cigarettes is R1.6 million. Six vehicles and a trailer to the value of R1.1 million were seized. The suspect was charged for possession of illicit cigarettes and suspected stolen vehicle.

The search for other outstanding suspects is still continuing.


Captain Matimba Maluleke
071 481 3488 


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