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Police recovers contraband cigarettes in Soroti

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A joint security team comprising police officers and Uganda Revenue Authority-URA operatives has impounded 313 packets of contraband super match cigarettes in Soroti municipality.

The cigarette that is believed to have been smuggled into Uganda from Kenya was recovered from the home of 37-year-old Simon Emorut in Campswahili cell in Soroti town.

Emorut, who was picked up claimed that the cigarette was delivered to him by a man only identified as baby, a Jopadhola by tribe.

The East Kyoga regional police spokesman David Ongom Mudong says Emorut has been charged with dealing in contraband items and will be produced in court after investigations.

“This illegal engagement is becoming common around this region due to loose check points around the porous borders of Kenya which if not strengthened can be a soft target for continuous smuggling and loss of revenue to government. Police therefore warns all parties involved in this kind of syndicate illegal business to desist from the vice because we cannot get tired of averting such practices”, Ongom said.

In April, Godfrey Epulu, a businessman in Soroti accused two police officers of extorting Shillings 7 million from him after he was allegedly arrested with cigarettes. But the case has since remained on police books.



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