Hong Kong Customs smashed a suspected case of illicit cigarette distribution in Sau Mau Ping today (April 16). About 1 million sticks of illicit cigarettes, with a market value of about $2.7 million and a duty potential of about $1.9 million, were seized in 96 carton boxes on a lorry. In the operation, a male driver, aged 69, was arrested and the lorry used for conveying illicit cigarettes was seized.
While conducting an anti-illicit cigarette operation in Sau Mau Ping this morning, Customs officers found a driver handling goods on a lorry. Customs officers took action and found about 1 million sticks of illicit cigarettes on the lorry. The cigarettes were sorted and packed according to orders for quick delivery to buyers.
Under the Dutiable Commodities Ordinance, anyone involved in dealing with, possession of, selling and buying illicit cigarettes commits an offence. The maximum penalty on conviction is imprisonment for two years and a fine of $1 million.
Members of the public are urged to report any suspected illicit cigarette activities to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.
Ends/Wednesday, April 16 2014