South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on Operation Corona border protection duty have recovered illicit cigarettes worth nearly R2 million and several vehicles during the course of their patrols.
The SANDF said that soldiers deployed in the Eastern Cape on the Western Sector in the Sterkspruit area detected a vehicle crossing illegally at Telle Bridge River. Three suspects were found to be in possession of R220 863 in cash. The cash and confiscated Toyota Fortuner, valued at R398 900, were handed over to Palmietfontein Police Station.
The SANDF on 10 July said soldiers deployed in the Madimbo area confiscated a large number of illicit cigarettes valued at R1 810 443. The cigarette master boxes were handed over to SA Police Services, which will investigate the case.
Elsewhere, SANDF soldiers deployed in the Madimbo area were busy with standing patrol when they confiscated a Nissan Sentra valued at R50 000 that was busy loading illicit cigarettes valued at R28 361. The suspects, contraband and vehicle were handed over to Tshamutumbu Police Station.