Hawks members and Crime Intelligence Unit arrested Mohamed Osman (36) and Ismail Adam Bhiku (25) for dealing in illicit cigarettes.

The two were operating in different areas in the country and they were arrested on 13 December 2017.

Their arrest comes after a systematic investigation by Port Shepstone Organised Crime Hawks members and other role players. During the operation 376 master cases of illicit cigarette with the street value of approximately R5 076 000.00 were confiscated.

Members also seized one rifle, Mercedes Vito panel van and R13 000.00 cash.

Osman appeared in the Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on 14 December 2017 and he was granted R7 500.00 bail. The case was postponed to 25 January 2018.

Bhiku appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates’ Court on 14 December 2017 and was remanded in custody. The case was adjourned to 19 December 2017 for bail application.