Suspect arrested in possession of counterfeit cigarettes

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A 31 year old foreign national was arrested today morning at around 07:00 in Temba by Tshwane District Crime Intelligence for possession of counterfeit cigarettes estimated to a value of R160,000. The suspect is facing charges of contravention of Covid-19 regulations and possession of counterfeit cigarettes.

Sergeant Herman Moremi of Corporate Communications SAPS Temba said Police received a tipoff about people who were loading boxes of illegal cigarettes inside a bakkie.  They stopped a 31-year-old man and searched the vehicle.

He said Tshwane District Crime Intelligence found several boxes containing illegal cigarettes inside the bakkie and arrested the suspect for possession of counterfeit cigarettes and contravention of COVID-19 regulations.

The suspect will appear in the Moretele Magistrate court soon.