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Hawks raid Limpopo warehouse, confiscate illicit cigarettes

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Hawks raided a Limpopo warehouse which housed illegal cigarettes.

Forty-two boxes were confiscated in Limpopo containing packs of cigarettes from an assortment of brands including Remington Gold, Royal Express and Pacific Blue.

The seized products were valued at R700,000.

The Hawks said the bust was part of “continuous efforts to curb the mushrooming of the illicit cigarettes trade in the province”.

Officials also raided a warehouse in Mokopane on Wednesday. Some of the boxes containing illegal products were found inside a Toyota bakkie parked next to the facility.

The products were seized and a 27-year-old suspect has been arrested for dealing in illicit cigarettes and is expected to appear in the Mokopane magistrate’s court on Thursday.

“More operations to address the illicit cigarette trade are going to be conducted,” said the Hawks.

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