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Kyle Cowan
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23 Jan 2017
3:32 pm

Two cops arrested for ‘escorting’ consignment of illegal cigarettes

Kyle Cowan

A search revealed 36 boxes of counterfeit cigarettes with an approximate value of R180k in the Hilux.

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Two Durban policemen have been arrested after they were caught ‘escorting’ a consignment of illegal cigarettes on the N2.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said the officers work at the Vehicle Identification Unit in Isipingo, Zululand Observer reported.

“In the early hours of Friday morning, Hluhluwe police were conducting a roadblock on the N2 when they attempted to stop two vehicles,” said Naicker.

“After the vehicles refused to stop, the officers contacted the Mtubatuba police to alert them.”

Mtuba police successfully brought both vehicles, a Toyota Hilux and a Toyota Etios hatchback, to a stop. A search revealed 36 boxes of counterfeit cigarettes with an approximate value of R180 000 in the Hilux.

“Two suspects aged 41 and 43 were arrested for being in possession of the counterfeit goods,” Naicker said.

“Police then discovered that the Toyota Etios was an unmarked police vehicle, and the occupants were policemen who were escorting the Hilux.”

All four suspects will appear in the Mtubatuba Magistrates’ Court for being in possession of counterfeit goods, corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

– Caxton News Service

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