Hong Kong Customs smashes suspected illicit cigarette storehouse (with photo)

25 Oct 2016

Hong Kong Customs today (October 25) smashed a suspected illicit cigarette storehouse at Sai Wan and seized about 70 000 sticks of suspected illicit cigarettes.

In an anti-illicit cigarette operation at Sai Wan today, Customs officers seized from a residential unit, which was suspected to be an illicit cigarette storehouse, about 70 000 sticks of suspected illicit cigarettes with a total value of about $190,000 and a duty potential of about $130,000. A 51-year-old woman was arrested. Investigation is ongoing.

Customs will continue to undertake stringent enforcement against illicit cigarette activities to protect government revenue.

Under the Dutiable Commodities Ordinance, anyone involved in dealing with, possession of, selling or buying illicit cigarettes commits an offence. The maximum penalty is a fine of $1 million and imprisonment for two years.

Members of the public are urged to report any suspected illicit cigarette activities by calling the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Ends/Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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