R1,2 Million in illicit goods seized along border

DURBAN Two suspects were caught red-handed by police for being found in possession of suspected stolen property and possession of counterfeit goods. During an operation conducted by police officers in Emanguzi, a 28-year-old woman was arrested at Thengani for being in possession of illicit goods with an estimated value of R1.2 million.

The suspect was arrested on 20 January 2020 during an operation and appeared at the Emanguzi Magistrate’s Court the following day. Police were on the R22 road in Emanguzi conducting crime prevention operations when they pulled over a white Toyota Hilux with two occupants. The driver spotted police and abandoned the vehicle as he fled the scene into nearby bushes. The female suspect was found in the vehicle with 15 boxes which contained 60 units of cigarettes and 900 pairs of branded sneakers. She was questioned with regards to the goods however she failed to provide police with a reasonable explanation for being in possession of the illicit and counterfeit goods. She was arrested and charged whilst the vehicle was impounded.

On 24 January 2020 police conducted an operation at Phelandaba when they arrested 36-year-old man for being in possession of stolen property. The suspect was traveling along the R22 road when he was stopped by police. During a search of the vehicle, police found two bags containing electrical appliances. The suspect could not provide police with any proof of ownership for the items. He was arrested and charged accordingly by police. He will appear at the Kwangwanse Magistrate’s Court today.

The operation also led police officers to an area long the Farazela border where a Mercedes Benz truck was seized as the driver did not have the required paperwork for the vehicle. Police also seized 44 rounds of ammunition that were found abandoned.

It is pleasing to see that operations along our borders are bearing fruits. Our police officers are out in full force and criminals will have no place to hide in this province. We are pleased with the commitment displayed by our police officers as they fight crime and protect our communities living along our borders, said the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula.

Source: South African Police Service