Illicit cigarettes dealers crash vehicle during chase, Mokopane

South African Police Service

Illicit cigarettes dealers crash vehicle during chase, Mokopane
Illicit cigarettes dealers crash vehicle during chase, Mokopane. Photo: SAPS

Concerted efforts by police in Limpopo to rid the Province of all forms criminality yielded positive results following the arrest of two suspects as well as the confiscation of illegal cigarettes.

According to information received, members of SAPS Limpopo Flying Squad were on routine patrol duties when they reacted to the information that led to the arrest of two suspects aged 21 and 35 along Thabo Mbeki Drive, Mokopane on Saturday, 1 April 2023.

The team members received information about a Silver Mercedes Benz transporting illicit cigarettes driving from Polokwane along R101 road. The vehicle fitting the depiction was seen in Mokopane along Thabo Mbeki Drive.

It is alleged that the police attempted to stop the said vehicle and after it neglected to stop a vehicle pursue resulted. It appears that in the process the driver of Mercedes Benz vehicle lost control and hit the wall and stopped.

Subsequently they were cornered and arrested for being in possession of illicit cigarettes.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the arrest and applauded the members for their readiness and quick response.

The suspects will appear before Mokopane Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 3 April 2023 for possession of illegal cigarettes as well as resisting arrest.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service