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Illicit cigarettes & khat dealers arrested

Southern Cape police have arrested four men in connection with dealing in Khat & illicit cigarettes.

FILE. Southern Cape police have arrested four men in connection with dealing in Khat & illicit cigarettes. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Southern Cape police say four men have been arrested in two separate incidents relating to the possession of Khat and illicit cigarettes.

On Tuesday, two men were arrested after their vehicle was searched near Beaufort West and almost 3,000 cartons of counterfeit cigarettes were seized.

Southern Cape police spokesperson Captain Bernadine Steyn says, "The vehicle was searched about 40 kilometres from Beaufort West. 2098 cartons of counterfeit cigarettes were seized. Two men were arrested and are expected to appear in the Beaufort West Magistrates Court today."

Another two men were arrested near Beaufort West when they were caught with more than 770 bundles of the drug Khat in their possession.

Steyn says the street value of the substance amounts to more than R77,000.

"Yesterday morning a vehicle was stopped on the N1 Highway and a total of 775 bundles of Khat were confiscated. The two men were arrested for dealing in drugs and will also appear in court today."

Khat is a flowering plant native to the Horn of Africa.

It contains a monoamine alkaloid called cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant, which is said to cause excitement, loss of appetite and euphoria.

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