Police arrested a person whom they described as a 44-year-old prominent soapie actor, and four others for allegedly dealing in illicit cigarettes on Wednesday.Soapie actor arrested for allegedly dealing in illicit cigarettes
“Members of the Hawks received a tip-off about suspects who were selling illicit cigarettes at a Polokwane taxi rank,” said Hawks spokesperson Capt Matimba Maluleke.
“An early morning operation was conducted wherein the five suspects were caught red-handed with the contraband.”
Maluleke said the team seized 45 cartoons of Remington Gold cigarettes worth around R12,000, as well as R9,681 in cash.
“The suspects are expected to make their first appearance in the Polokwane magistrate’s court on Thursday for contravention of the Customs and Excise Act and dealing in illicit cigarettes.”
While the Hawks described one of the individuals as a prominent soapie actor, the identities can only be revealed once they make their first court appearance.
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The trade in illicit cigarettes is booming since government imposed a ban on the sale of tobacco and vaping products at the start of the country’s lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19. Two separate court cases by major tobacco industry players are challenging the ban.