Three Newcastle Taxi Rank businesses caught with R40 000 illegal cigarettes

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Developing on their goal to clean up Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, local SAPS have been tackling crime. This comes after R40 000 worth of illegal cigarettes were confiscated from three businesses at the Newcastle Taxi Rank.

The bust was made on 29 June 2022, during a multi-disciplined operation involving Amajuba District Crime Stop Team, the Newcastle Bylaws officers, Provincial Crime Stop Unit, and Provincial Brand Specialists.

According to the Newcastle SAPS Communications Unit, law enforcement conducted an inspection in Newcastle’s CBD discovering various illicit cigarette retailers.

As a result, three people were arrested, and further investigations are now underway.

Images: Supplied by Newcastle SAPS

When looking at illegal cigarettes circulating in Newcastle and South Africa, as a whole, the South African Tobacco Transformation Alliance pointed out that almost 15 million illegal cigarettes are smoked in South Africa on a daily basis.

In addition, the Alliance pointed out that a significant percentage of illegal trade is concentrated in North West, KwaZulu Natal and Limpopo.

While illegal cigarettes might see smokers saving cash, the South African Tobacco Transformation Alliance stated that the State is losing over R8 billion a year in potential tax revenue.

The Newcastle SAPS Communications Unit added, “More than 50% of tuckshops sell illegal cigarettes and they are often smuggled from neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe.”

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