The hard work of the Limpopo police in catching a group of smugglers who were about to enter the country with R14.5 million worth of illicit goods has been applauded by the province’s top cop, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba.
Smugglers caught trying to enter SA with illicit goods: What was recovered?
According to police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, a routine check of two trucks at the Groblersbrug border post led to the discovery of illicit goods that were stuffed in load bins.
Mojapelo, in a statement, revealed that the two trucks approached the border post from Botswana on Tuesday 11 February at approximately 21:50. As part of the routine, the trucks were directed towards the searching bay.
Upon searching the trucks’ load bins, Limpopo authorities stumbled on:
- 521 x boxes containing various skin lightening creams (Betasol, Diproson, Epiderm, Movate, Lemonvate and Extra Clear), with an estimated value of R13.5 million; and
- 30 x cartons of Pacific Blue cigarettes valued at R4 473.19.
Limpopo authorities believe that the trucks were also going to be sold in South Africa once the shipment was made. The two Scania trucks have a combined value of more than R1.5 million.
Limpopo police applauded by top cop
The three suspects, aged between 39 and 47, have been placed under arrest and charged with the illegal transportation of illicit goods and other crimes related to illegal trafficking.
Mojapelo confirmed that the suspects, whose nationalities have not been revealed, will appear at the Phalala Magistrate’s Court once all charges have been processed at the police station they are being held at.
Limpopo top cop, Lt Gen Ledwaba applauded the hard work and determination displayed by the officers who manned the fort at Groblersbrug, on Tuesday.
According to Mojapelo, the police commissioner indicated that “their vigilance has clearly ensured that these illicit goods did not find their way into the South African markets.”
The Limpopo police spokesperson also confirmed that an investigation is underway to determine the location the illicit goods departed from.