North Coast roadblock uncovers illicit cigarettes, dagga and illegal firearm

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North Coast roadblock uncovers illicit cigarettes, dagga and illegal firearm
North Coast roadblock uncovers illicit cigarettes, dagga and illegal firearm

On 24 July 2020, police officers from KwaMbonambi SAPS conducted a roadblock on the N2 freeway aimed at curbing criminal activities.

During the roadblock, police stopped two minibus taxis and searched the occupants. They arrested two men aged 26 and 41 for being in possession of illicit cigarettes. Police found both suspects with a number of cartons of counterfeit cigarettes.

Police also searched a bus and found two bags of dagga. A 30-year-old man was arrested for possession of dagga. Police also pulled over three passenger vehicles and arrested six men aged between 25 and 53 after police found cartons of illicit cigarettes and alcohol in their vehicles.

A passenger who was in a bakkie passed undesirable remarks at the police officers who were arresting the men with cigarettes and alcohol. The bakkie was stopped and both the passenger and the driver were searched. Police found the 26-year-old driver in possession of a firearm and they arrested him for illegal possession of a firearm.

Police officers detained all the arrested suspects and they will appear at the Empangeni Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 27 July 2020.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Jula welcomed the arrests. “We are pleased that our operations are effective in stemming criminality across the province. We are cautioning those who may have intentions of committing similar crimes, as sporadic stop and searches and roadblocks are the order of the day as we work with all government departments in stemming the pandemic and fighting crime.”

SAPS Newsroom

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