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Courier drivers nabbed over smuggled alcohol, cigarettes

TWO drivers for Distribution Hub Namibia, were arrested at the Oshivelo checkpoint on Wednesday after they were allegedly found transporting Angolan whisky and Yes cigarettes in their vehicle.

Oshikoto police spokesperson inspector Ellen Nehale confirmed the incident to The Namibian on Friday morning saying the goods were suspected to have been smuggled from Angola.

According to the police incident report, one of the drivers aged 19 was arrested after being found in possession of 21 packs of Best Whiskey containing 20 tubes each and 20 packs of Yes cigarette containing 200 sticks each with the total value of N$2 500.

The second driver aged 37 was arrested later when he came to collect the vehicle which was used to ferry the contraband.

He was implicated by his colleague as having loaded the illicit goods in the vehicle, police said.

The two drivers are charged with contravening of Customers and Excise Act.

They are expected to appear in the Tsumeb magistrate court on Friday..

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