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Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected illicit cigarettes (with photo)

21 September 2017


Hong Kong Customs yesterday (September 20) seized about 1.4 million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $3.8 million and a duty potential of about $2.7 million at Lok Ma Chau Control Point.

Customs officers intercepted an incoming truck declared as carrying bricks at Lok Ma Chau Control Point yesterday. After inspection, Customs officers found the suspected illicit cigarettes surrounded by bricks on 20 pallets.

The 44-year-old male driver was arrested and the truck was detained. Investigation is ongoing.

Smuggling is a serious offence. Under the Import and Export Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting unmanifested cargo is liable to a maximum fine of $2 million and imprisonment for seven years.

Members of the public may report any suspected illicit cigarette activities to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (September 20) seized about 1.4 million suspected illicit cigarettes from an incoming truck at Lok Ma Chau Control Point. Photo shows some of the suspected illicit cigarettes seized. (Opens a new window)
Hong Kong Customs yesterday (September 20) seized about 1.4 million suspected illicit cigarettes from an incoming truck at Lok Ma Chau Control Point. Photo shows some of the suspected illicit cigarettes seized.

 

Ends/Thursday, September 21, 2017

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