Police Arrest Motswana And Zimbabwean For Smuggling Cigarettes
Apr 14, 2020
Tshesebe police have arrested a Motswana and a Zimbabwean for smuggling 127 cartons of cigarettes into Botswana.
In an interview with Tshesebe Police Station Commander, Assistant Superintendent Motlamedi George, said the two were arrested on April 4 between Tshesebe and Siviya in the North East District.
He noted that they were carrying 114 cartons of Kingsgate cigarettes and 13 cartons of Madison cigarettes in a Botswana registered vehicle.
Ast Supt George said the Zimbabwean man was charged and deported to his country while the Motswana man was also charged for possession of tobacco products illegally.
He said it was apparent that it was a systematic crime, which involved communication and scheming to meet at an ungazetted entry point.
He said it was disappointing that Batswana were conniving with Zimbabweans to smuggle products illegally into the country.
Ast Supt George said the cigarettes were an illegal product in Botswana, adding that even in Zimbabwe the products were banned.
He also noted that the crime was committed when the sale of tobacco products had been suspended in the country.
On other issues, he said crimes such as house breaking and assault had regressed during the lockdown in their policing area from Moroka to Jackalas 2.
He said even the movement of illegal immigrants had stopped as they had recorded no cases, further adding that security was tight with police and BDF patrolling villages day and night.
Ast Supt George also highlighted that they spreading the message of how important it was for people to stay in their homes during the lockdown.
Furthermore, he stated that it was important for them to lead by example hence they adhered to all regulations and stayed home when not on duty. ENDS