UK SMUGGLING RING BUSTED IN VIC FALLS


This container truck loaded with a car 105 bales of second hand clothes and a variety of other goods with an estimated combined value of close to $300 000 was intercepted in Vic Falls.
The consignment entered the country through Kazungula Border Post on Friday where it was cleared and all the goods not declared to border officials. The truck and consignment were en-route to Bulawayo and Harare from UK via Walvis Bay in Namibia.

The Sunday News reports that the smuggled goods include the Honda Civic vehicle, 104 rubber drums measuring 200 litres each filled with second hand clothes, suitcases, bags and boxes loaded with clothes, beds, fridges, sofas, shoes, electrical gadgets such as television sets and several other household goods. The goods had different addresses showing they were destined for Bulawayo, Chitungwiza and Harare.

“The truck spent Wednesday night on the Botswana side. I think the agent was facilitating easy passage. It then crossed the border on Thursday around 6am where it drove straight to the gate and security manning the gate just opened the boom without any papers being produced, a sign that everything had been arranged prior,” said the source.

The source said some alert citizens tipped-off police officers at the border who then informed Victoria Falls Police Station leading to a roadblock being mounted to intercept the truck. It is alleged that the driver and clearing agent (names supplied) tried to bribe the police for the truck not to be taken to the station but to no avail. They both later dumped the consignment while the owner is said to be in Harare.






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