In a decisive move against illegal trade activities, Limpopo police, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, apprehended several suspects involved in the possession and distribution of illicit cigarettes and drugs.

The operations, carried out on Thursday, 15 February, in the Waterberg District, targeted multiple suspects through meticulously planned and executed raids.

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In Mookgophong, Naboomspruit Police, working alongside the private security sector, acted on a tip-off regarding a vehicle suspected of transporting illegal cigarettes. At a filling station, officers intercepted the vehicle, leading to the arrest of two suspects aged 23 and 28.

Police seize illicit cigarettes

They were caught with significant quantities of illicit cigarettes, indicating an intent to distribute within local communities. The seized goods, valued at approximately R299 000, are currently undergoing further examination.

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In a separate incident in Bela-Bela, police apprehended four male suspects for drug dealing in distinct incidents. Police caught three suspects in possession of 34 sachets of Nyaope drugs. The another suspect had 260 sachets of Nyaope and undisclosed cash.

Commissioner praises crackdown on trade

Limpopo Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, praised the arrests, emphasising, “These arrests send a clear message that the illegal cigarette and drug trade will not be tolerated.”

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The apprehended suspects will soon face charges in the respective Magistrate’s Court. This underscores the authorities’ commitment to combatting illicit trade and ensuring community safety in the region.

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