The Springbok K9 Unit, Public Order Police, SAPS Border Police, Department of Home Affairs and SARS Customs pounced on several Bangladesh shop owners and confiscated tobacco products worth about R1 Million.

On Friday, 08 March 2024, at approximately 11:00, the operations team followed up on information regarding alleged counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco products and raided five shops in Bergsig, Carolusberg and Okiep in Springbok.

The team confiscated 217 cartons of cigarettes and a large amount of Afzal tobacco with an estimated street value of R1 million.

The owners were served with a seven day notice to provide the original documentation of the purchasing of these goods.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Lieutenant General Koliswa Otola lauded the team for the unabated disruptive actions and reiterated that the SAPS and all relevant role players remain relentless in our efforts to uproot the illicit trade in counterfeit goods, as it has a detrimental impact on the economy of our country.