The endless efforts of SAPS in Gauteng to fight the trade and proliferation of illicit cigarettes saw positive results when a consignment of illicit cigarettes worth about R10 million was seized and five men arrested today in Sandton.

Crime intelligence information was operationalised by Provincial Organised Crime Unit, West Rand K9 Unit, and SARS Customs officials. The team stopped and searched a truck with five occupants at Greyston Square whereby a consignment of illicit cigarettes was discovered.

The illicit cigarettes estimated to be approximately R10 million were seized and the five arrested suspects are expected to appear before Sandton Magistrates’ Court soon on a charge of possession of illicit cigarettes. Police investigation continues.