The Police in Westernburg near Polokwane have arrested a 34-year-old male suspect for unlawful possession of illicit cigarettes in the middle of the night of Thursday, 16 November 2023.

It is reported that members of the SAPS Emergency Services on Thursday, 16 November 2023 at about 23:00 during their routine crime prevention duties spotted a suspicious looking white motor vehicle, Toyota Camry driving along the N1 Highway Southern direction within Westernburg policing area.

Upon searching the vehicle, the Police discovered a bulk cargo of about 700 boxes of illicit cigarettes worth an estimated street value of R120 000 and the suspect was subsequently apprehended and charged with unlawful possession of illicit cigarettes.

The suspect is expected to appear before Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 20 November 2023.