Five arrested, 168 packets of contraband cigarettes confiscated

Portia Mlilo

Police have arrested five Zimbabwean nationals after they were found in possession of illicit tobacco at Oodi Village.

Speaking to The Voice Online, Assistant Police Commissioner Dipheko Motube said the raid was conducted in the early hours yesterday following a tip-off.

He said the suspects were found in possession of 168 packets of Remington Gold cigarettes suspected to have been smuggled from Zimbabwe.

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“The suspects are facing another charge of over staying in Botswana. Sale of tobacco is currently suspended by the government in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. We appeal to the public to continue reporting these kind of illegal businesses,” said Motube

The suspects, three women and two men are currently detained at Broadhurst Police Station.

Meanwhile yesterday Mmathubudukwane Police arrested three Batswana and two Zimbabweans aged between 38 and 50 in connection with shop breaking and theft incidents.

The incidents occurred between March and April.

On Sunday one suspect was arrested in connection with a vehicle found abandoned at Sikwane Village suspected to have been used in those theft offences.

Investigations led to the arrest of other four suspects and items such as car batteries, tyres and lubricants valued at P18 000 were discovered.

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The suspects are in Police custody and the search is on for the other three who are still at large.

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