Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected illicit cigarettes (with photo)

7 Mar 2020

Hong Kong Customs today (March 7) seized about 310 000 suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $850,000 and a duty potential of about $590,000 in Hung Hom.

Customs officers conducted an anti-illicit cigarette operation in Hung Hom today and seized the batch of suspected illicit cigarettes from a sub-divided unit. A 66-year-old woman was arrested.

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 Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Ends/Saturday, March 7, 2020

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