Crime & Courts

Truck Ferrying Fake Versace, Chanel, Gucci & Louis Vuitton Into SA Intercepted

A Zimbabwean man, aged 39, and Mozambican woman, aged 37, were intercepted during an extensive stop and search operation, and arrested for illegal possession of counterfeit goods at the Lebombo port of entry.

The duo was travelling in a Freightliner truck loaded with the counterfeit goods, according to Hawks spokesperson in Mpumalanga, Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi, when they were intercepted on Wednesday.

“While the team was engaged on the specialised stop and search operation, they stopped a truck with a male driver and a female passenger who were driving from Mozambique to the Republic of South Africa. Upon the search in the truck, they found counterfeit goods with estimated street value of R800 000,” said Sekgotodi.

Some of the listed goods seized by police include:

1. 510 pairs of Nike sneakers

2. 80 pairs of Adidas sandals

3. 118 Diesel jeans

4. 88 pairs of Adidas sneakers

5. 200 pairs of All Star sneakers

6. 62 pairs of Chanel shoes

7. 21 pairs of Louis Vuitton shoes

8. 18 pairs of Versace shoes

9. 19 pairs of Polo shoes

10. 19 pairs of Gucci shoes

11. 18 bales of second-hand clothes

Sekgotodi said the Zimbabwean man and the Mozambican woman were arrested on charges of the Customs and Excise Act, Act 91 of 1964 and for contravening provisions of the Counterfeit Goods Act, Act 37 of 1997“The truck and trailers were confiscated and taken to the customs warehouse at Komatipoort for safe keeping due to the proceeds of a crime,” said Sekgotodi.

“The counterfeit goods were also taken to the warehouse and counted in. The suspects are detained pending their first appearance at Komatipoort Magistrate’s Court on Friday (today)”.

The Hawks in Mpumalanga said investigations are continuing

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