Another illegal shipment from Zimbabwe intercepted by Limpopo police leading to arrests

In a significant crackdown on illegal trade activities in Limpopo, the police have made substantial strides in apprehending suspects involved in contraband smuggling from Zimbabwe.

Two individuals were recently arrested in possession of contraband cigarettes valued at R300,000 in a meticulously planned operation conducted in the Waterberg District on Thursday, 15 February 2024.

Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, the police spokesperson, shed light on the successful interception of a vehicle suspected of transporting illegal cigarettes in Mookgophong.

The subsequent search led to the arrest of two suspects, aged 23 and 28, who were found with a substantial quantity of illicit cigarettes intended for distribution within local communities.

Colonel Ledwaba stated, “Initial estimates value the seized contraband at around R299,000.”

In a simultaneous operation in Bela-Bela, the police apprehended four male suspects involved in drug dealing.

Three suspects were caught with 34 sachets of Nyaope drugs, while another was found with 260 sachets of Nyaope and an undisclosed amount of money believed to be proceeds from illicit drug sales.

Limpopo Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe commended the arrests, emphasizing a zero-tolerance stance towards illegal trade activities.

Lieutenant General Hadebe remarked, “These arrests send a clear message that the illegal cigarette and drug trade will not be tolerated.”

The apprehended suspects are set to appear before their respective Magistrate’s Courts as legal proceedings unfold.

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