A Massyn Moves cargo truck stuffed with boxes of cigarettes worth over P1M was intercepted by the police in Francistown on Thursday night last week.
The South African owned truck which was suspected to have been Gaborone bound was nabbed by police officers apparently acting on a tip-off.
Information reaching The Voice has indicated that police way laid the truck at the place where the cigarettes boxes were hidden in an abandoned container in Matshelagabedi until the Massyn Moves truck arrived to load the stash.
After tailing the truck for sometime assuming that the cigarettes boxes which had evaded custom duty at the boarder were meant for Francistown, the truck proceeded towards Gaborone.
Without wasting any more time police stopped and searched the truck which was allegedly escorted by heavily armed men.
Kutlwano police station commander Motsholathebe Mothibi said a woman linked to a number of illegal trafficking of goods between Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa has admitted that the 240 boxes of cigarettes belonged to her.
Caroline Meda, 22, the truck driver Isaac Moshane from South Africa and four other people were arrested during the ambush. “Apart from the driver and Caroline four men suspected to have escorted the truck were nabbed,” Mothibi said.
The officer said after admitting to be the owner of the undeclared goods Meda and the driver from South Africa were handed to Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) to be fined for evading tax.