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Cigarettes, dagga, vehicles and cash seized at Telle bridge port of entry

Jun 2, 2020
Cigarettes, dagga, vehicles and cash seized at Telle bridge port of entry

King Williams Town - Dedicated South African Police Service and South African National Defence Force members deployed at Telle Bridge Port Of Entry have over the past weeks made significant inroads in curbing cross border crime and confiscating of huge assortment of cigarettes, drugs and vehicles. 

"On 20 May 2020 at about 05:00, two suspects were arrested for illegally transporting tobacco," said police spokesperson, Colonel Sibongile Soci.

"It is alleged that the two suspects, Bulelani Mkontwana, (35) and Reuben Hossin, (31) were stopped at a vehicle checkpoint near a tavern at Qoboshiane village."

The following were sized:

•   8 x boxes of 50 x 20's British American tobacco cigarettes;

•   13 x boxes of 50 x 20's Sun King Size cigarettes; both with an estimated street value of R742 000.00

"On 30 May 2020 at about 15:00, while jointly patrolling, the members found the following items which were suspected to have been dropped by the person who intended to illegally cross the border from Lesotho to South Africa with the items but got ‘cold feet’ when he saw the roadblock. The items confiscated were found at Telle River near Qobosheane village."

•    5 x Sun Brand cartons of cigarettes;

•    37 x 20s Pine Blue cigarettes; 

•    70 x 12,5gr Boxer tobacco;

•    50 x 25 gr Boxer tobacco;

•    10 x 750ml Black Label beer;

•     2 x 750ml Castle Lager beer;

The total value of all the items is R7 540.00.

"On 30 May 2020 at about 19:00, while conducting daily operations, the members stopped and searched a Toyota Corolla and its three (3) occupants," Colonel Soci said.

"Upon searching the vehicle, four (4) bags of dagga weighing 26kg valued at R39 000.00 were discovered in the boot. The suspects were arrested and the vehicle was confiscated.

"The suspects’ ages are between 20 and 45."

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga acclaimed the good relations and excellent synergy between the SAPS and SANDF and commended the forces for ensuring that the Disaster Management Act Regulations are enforced.

“We have just turned up the heat and are resolute in our efforts to rid our borders of crime and illicit goods. As we clean up our border control of criminal activities, so too will we act with the same zest and dedication in ridding our streets of drugs and illicit cigarettes. This is the first step in ensuring that our schools, youth and communities are safe. We will ensure that our borders are continuously and vigilantly policed,” said Lt Gen Ntshinga. 

Additional charges of Contravention of Disaster Management Act Regulations will be added to the charges of all the suspects.

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