Botswana: Police Arrest, Fine Three for Smuggling

Tshesebe — Police have arrested and charged a 29 year-old man for smuggling alcohol from into Botswana Zimbabwe.

In an interview, Tshesebe Police Station Commander Superintendent Amos Kekgathetse said the man was caught at Mabudzane junction along the railway line to Francistown on May 13.

Supt Kekgathetse stated that the man was found in possession of five boxes of 750ml Gold Blend whiskey, 12 boxes of 200ml Heritage Brandy and 109 curtains of Kingsgate cigarettes.

He said preliminary police investigations indicated that the perpetrator had collected the package at an ungazzeted point by the border fence at Jackalas 1.

Supt Kekgathetse stated that police were on a patrol searching for another suspect when they bumped into the culprit driving along the railway line where he was stopped and searched.

The station commander said the offender was charged with failure to remain in a place of confinement during lockdown, illegal importation of tobacco, non-declaration of goods and driving without a motor vehicle license.

In another case on May 17, a 30 year-old man from Jackalas 2 and a 47 year-old woman from Siviya were caught in possession of large amounts of alcohol in a car.

Supt Kekgathetse revealed that the man was in possession of six boxes of 750ml Gold Blend whiskey, nine boxes of 200ml Star Cane whiskey and one box containing 200ml Heritage whiskey.

He stated that following his arrest, the man directed the police to the woman in Siviya. He said the duo was charged for failure to declare goods while the man was further charged for failure to remain in place of confinement during lockdown.

Supt Kekgathetse highlighted that smuggling of alcohol and tobacco was a common crime at border villages, adding that the perpetrators seem to be smuggling the substances from Zimbabwe.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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