Illicit cigarettes suspect in court

LEPHALALE — The 26-year-old Sakariya Jafra Hassan has appeared before Phalala Magistrate’s Court on Monday 15 June on a charge of possession of illicit cigarettes. He was granted bail of R2 000 and the case was postponed to 22 June 2020.

Hassan was arrested on Friday 12 June around 18:00 after Police received information about illicit cigarettes smugglers in the area. A team, compromising of members of Lephalale Crime Intelligence, the Crime Prevention Forum, the K9 unit and traffic officers, was activated.

Hassan, driving a blue Ford Fiesta at the time, was spotted along the R518 road between Lephalale and Marken. The investigating team stopped and searched the vehicle and 1 500 boxes of illicit cigarettes to the estimated street value of R375 000 were confiscated. Hassan was arrested and the vehicle seized by Police.

Investigations continue.

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