4 in hot soup for smuggling truckload of 2nd-hand clothing, skin lightening cream & Apetito tablets


Four arrested for smuggling goods from outside Zimbabwe

Police in Zimbabwe recently carried out an operation that led to the arrest of four individuals suspected of smuggling numerous items into the country.

The suspects were intercepted in northern Mashonaland province near the border with Mozambique.

According to authorities, officers set up a roadblock along the Bindura-Mukumbara road on November 4th. There, they stopped a Scania truck and discovered it was carrying large quantities of goods without proper documentation. Upon searching the vehicle, police found six bales of tea bags, 108 bales of used clothing, 61 bales of used shoes, 15 bales of java fabric, 15 boxes of skin lightening cream, 1 box of Apetito medicine and a box of herbicides.

The truck’s driver and three passengers – identified as Tinashe Rusike (33), Elliot Hlomayi (48), Nyasha Hlomayi (26) and Edwin Marovanidze – were taken into custody. Officials believe the items were brought overland from Mozambique without going through proper customs procedures at the nearby Kanyemba border crossing.

Smuggling poses economic and security issues, as authorities cannot monitor or tax goods entering the country illicitly. The interception demonstrates ongoing efforts by Zimbabwe’s police to curb such illegal activities.

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