32 year-old suspected kingpin in illicit cigarettes dealing together with his (29) year old accomplice are expected to appear in the Mokopane Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 15 February 2021 for Contravention of the Customs And Excise Act 91 of 1964.
In August 2020, the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation raided a clandestine illicit cigarettes warehouse in Mokopane believed to be owned by the suspects. During the raid, 42 boxes containing an assortment of illicit cigarettes to the value of over R700 000.00 were seized and consequently one suspect was arrested.
The court has issued a warrant of arrest against the owner of the warehouse and he was sought until arrested over the past weekend. During his arrest, one of his shops was searched and 6 boxes containing illicit cigarettes with the estimated street value of over R80 000.00 and dagga to the value of R2000.00 were found and seized. His accomplice who is a shopkeeper was also arrested.