Gold smuggler arrested in Beitbridge

Gold smuggler arrested in Beitbridge

A 45-year-old man has been arrested at the Beitbridge border for trying to smuggle diamonds and gold, police said on Tuesday(yesterday).

“The driver was instructed to drive to the scanner but he refused and the complainant insisted until this driver offered the complainant R200 so that the truck cannot be scanned,” said police spokesperson, Moatshe Ngoape.

The truck was then escorted to the scanner. After a physical scan was conducted and undeclared goods were found the suspect offered a higher bribe of R800.

Police said diamonds and gold were found covered with brown tape and toilet roll, said Ngoape without saying where the truck was coming from.

“The suspect was immediately arrested for bribery and possession of precious stones,” said Ngoape.

The suspect will appear before the Musina Magistrate’s Court soon and Police investigations are still continuing. – ANA