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Cops seize drugs, illicit cigarettes

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They also collected 38 fines and admissions of guilt to the combined value of about R266 000 for traffic violations and other minor offences

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FOURTEEN arrests were made and drugs, as well as illicit cigarettes, with an estimated street value of R264 548 were seized during a inter-provincial cross-border crime prevention operation in the last week of June.

The 14 suspects were arrested for drug-related offences, the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, as well as for being undocumented, in an operation conducted jointly between officials from SAPS, Sars, Home Affairs, provincial and municipal traffic departments and Nature Conservation.

Most of the 14 arrested people have already appeared in court.

During the operation, which covered the Northern Cape, the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape, officers confiscated 31.6 kg of dagga with an estimated street value of R63 308, 350g of crystal meth (tik) with an estimated value of R122 500, 1 001 mandrax tablets with an estimated value of R60 000 and a substantial amount of illicit cigarettes worth R18 740.

They also collected 38 fines and admissions of guilt to the combined value of about R266 000 for traffic violations and other minor offences.

A statement from the SAPS said: “On June 25 members stopped and searched a vehicle with three passengers at a roadblock in Beaufort West en route to the Eastern Cape. Upon searching the vehicle, members found one 9mm Norinco pistol with the serial number filed off, as well as seven rounds of ammunition and one magazine.

“A 24 year-old suspect was arrested and charged with being in possession of an illegal firearm, while further investigation revealed that none of the three passengers had the necessary documentation for residency in South Africa, resulting in their arrest. They were found to be Zimbabwean citizens and were detained under the Illegal Immigration Act.”