Oshana Police confiscate N.dollars 20 million worth of cigarette

02 Jul 2014 07:50am
OSHAKATI, 02 JUL (NAMPA) – The Oshana Police on Tuesday confiscated 446 boxes of Dunhill cigarettes and 220 boxes of Chinese-made cigarettes here on Tuesday.
The cigarettes are worth an estimated N.dollars 20 million.
Acting regional commander of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshana Region, Deputy Commissioner Rauha Amwele told reporters on Tuesday the cigarettes were found in a container in a warehouse at Oshakati’s Ekuku settlement in the north of Oshakati.
This followed a tip-off from a member of the public on Monday. Amwele said the warehouse belongs to a local businessman, who could not provide proof that the cigarettes were legally acquired or how it was brought into the country.
She said the Police are waiting on the businessman and his possible business partners to provide proof of legal procurement documents for the cigarettes.
Officials of the local Customs and Excise office have been asked to investigate and determine whether the cigarettes are original or counterfeit.
Nobody has been arrested in connection with the confiscated cigarettes, and no criminal case has been opened thus far.
Amwele indicated that a criminal case will be opened once it is proven that it was acquired illegally.
“We appeal to members of the public to please inform the Police about any suspected criminal activity taking place in their areas,” she said.