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Police uncover 10,000 illegal cigarette cartons

Western Cape police caught the trio as they were offloading the cigarettes from a truck.

FILE: Three men have been arrested after nearly 10,000 illegal cigarette cartons were found in their possession. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Three men have been arrested after nearly 10,000 illegal cigarette cartons were found in their possession in Kuils River on the Cape Flats.

Western Cape police caught the trio as they were offloading the cigarettes from a truck into a delivery van at a warehouse in the area yesterday.

The police's Frederick van Wyk says the street value of the cigarettes is R1.6 million.

"The cigarettes were disguised to make it appear as if the truck was transporting suitcases."

The suspects are expected to appear in court as soon as they are charged.