Customs detects case of illicit cigarettes concealed in fake compressors (with photo)

21 Mar 2014

In an operation in Tsing Yi yesterday (March 20), Hong Kong Customs detected a suspected case in which fake compressors were used to conceal illicit cigarettes. About one 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 Tsing Yi. In the operation, two male drivers, aged 48 and 31, were arrested.

While conducting an operation against illicit cigarettes in a logistics area in Tsing Yi yesterday afternoon, Customs officers found two drivers handling goods on two lorries. Upon further inspection, a total of about one million sticks of illicit cigarettes were found concealed in 56 fake compressors on the two lorries. The two drivers were arrested at scene and the two vehicles suspected for use in conveying the illicit cigarettes were also seized.

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

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/Friday, March 21 2014

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