Hong Kong Customs yesterday (January 30) seized about 1.9 million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $5.1 million and a duty potential of about $3.6 million at Lok Ma Chau Control Point.
Customs officers intercepted an incoming truck declared as carrying iron plates at Lok Ma Chau Control Point yesterday. After inspection, Customs officers found the batch of suspected illicit cigarettes in 240 carton boxes on board the truck.
The 56-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.
Ends/Wednesday, January 31, 2018