Money laundering and smuggling at POE

GROBLER’S BRIDGE — Cases of money laundering and smuggling of medicaments were opened at Witpoort SAPS after a vehicle was stopped and searched at the Grobler’s Bridge Port of Entry on Thursday 24 October around 10:30.

According to Police, the vehicle entered the border post, and the driver attempted to cross to Botswana.

After border Police officials searched the vehicle, they found an undisclosed amount of money hidden under the spare wheel in the boot as well as in the storage compartment of the driver’s door.

The driver admitted it to be his property and failed to declare it with Customs.

Further searching revealed a box containing herbal medicaments that were also not declared and for which the driver had no export permit.

After counting the money, it was found to be an amount of R197 000 in SA currency.

The estimated value of the herbal medicaments is R9 744.

The vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz, valued at R250 000, as well as the goods were confiscated and the suspect, a Zimbabwean national, was arrested.

He appeared in Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Friday 25 October.

The investigation continues.

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