Man bust towing vehicle with illicit cigarettes

DURBAN – Criminals, who thought that they had graduated in trying to pull wool over police officers eyes in an attempt to evade arrest, were disappointed when their plan failed. They had embarked on a well-calculated modus operandi to transport illicit cigarettes; however, their plan failed when eagle-eyed police officers caught them out.
On 21 July 2020, police officers from Mandeni SAPS were conducting operations on the N2 Freeway near the Mandeni toll plaza aimed at curbing criminal activities. During the course of their operations, their suspicions were aroused when they spotted a tow truck towing a Mercedes Benz Vito. They immediately pulled over the tow truck and conducted a search on both vehicles. During the search, police recovered seven boxes containing 140 cartons of counterfeit cigarettes in the Mercedes Benz Vito that was being towed.
Police immediately arrested the 45-year-old tow truck driver and charged him for being in possession of counterfeit goods. Tawanda Mukondiwa appeared in the Mandeni Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Investigations revealed that the vehicle that was being towed was operational and was used to smuggle the counterfeit goods into the country.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula praised the Mandeni police officers for the breakthrough. “We are extremely proud that our members remain extra vigilant when they out on operations. I hope that this arrest serves as a warning to criminals that our police officers are always on the lookout for such tricks,” he said.

Source: South African Police Service

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