Truck driver arrested on SA-Botswana border with illicit cigarettes worth R4.8m

North West police spokesperson Capt Sam Tselanyane said Petrus Toppies, 53, was arrested on Tuesday.

2021-06-12 07:45:00 PM

North West police spokesperson Capt Sam Tselanyane said Petrus Toppies, 53, was arrested on Tuesday.

Police have arrested a truck driver for possession of illicit cigarettes worth more than R4.8m at the Kopfontein border with Botswana near Zeerust.

His truck, pulling a trailer, “was entering SA from Zambia via Botswana and ... the driver who was alone in the truck declared that he was transporting liquid molasses for cows”.Tselanyane added: “Upon further investigation by the customs officials, the driver reportedly disclosed that the middle compartment of the trailer contained illicit cigarettes.

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