Police officer among 16 arrested for possession of illicit cigarettes and drugs

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Ngoepe said the 36-year-old police officer, stationed at the Apel police station, was handcuffed during a stop and search and was found to be in possession of 20 sachets of nyaope.

Handcuffs. Picture: @SAPoliceService/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG – Sixteen suspects in Limpopo are in police custody after they were caught in possession of illicit cigarettes and drugs.

A police constable is among the suspects who were arrested in the sting operation in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The police’s Moatshe Ngoepe said items recovered during the arrest include two motor vehicles, one firearm, ammunition, illicit cigarettes and various narcotics.

Ngoepe said the 36-year-old police officer, stationed at the Apel police station, was handcuffed during a stop and search and was found to be in possession of 20 sachets of nyaope.

Meanwhile, in the Eastern Cape, a man was arrested in Dutywa in what’s being described as one of the biggest recent dagga busts in the province.

The suspect was nabbed in the CBD on Friday while he was transporting cannabis worth an estimated R1 million.

He was headed to Port Elizabeth when traffic officers on patrol searched his vehicle.

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