Hong Kong Customs mounts operation to combat illicit cigarettes (with photo)

15 Mar 2018

Hong Kong Customs mounted an anti-illicit cigarette operation in Man Kam To yesterday (March 14) and seized in total about 570 000 suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $1.5 million and a duty potential of about $1.1 million.

During an anti-illicit cigarette operation yesterday, Customs officers seized a total of about 270 000 suspected illicit cigarettes from a stone hut and a private vehicle in Man Kam To. A 48-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman were arrested. Later, Customs officers further seized about 300 000 suspected illicit cigarettes from a metal shed in the vicinity.

The private vehicle has been detained and investigation is ongoing.

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

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

Ends/Thursday, March 15, 2018

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