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Hong Kong Customs raids suspected illicit cigarette storage centre (with photo)

17 August 2022


Hong Kong Customs yesterday (August 16) raided a suspected illicit cigarette storage centre in Yuen Long and seized about 2.82 million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $7.75 million and a duty potential of about $5.37 million.

During an anti-illicit cigarette operation conducted in Yuen Long last night, Customs officers seized the batch of suspected illicit cigarettes from a metal hut at Tai Kei Leng Road. Three men, aged between 22 and 42 and suspected to be connected with the case, were arrested and a light goods vehicle suspected to be involved in the case was detained.

The three arrested men will be charged with "dealing with goods to which the Dutiable Commodities Ordinance applies" and will appear at the Tuen Mun Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (August 18).

Customs will continue to combat illicit cigarette activities on all fronts through intelligence analysis.

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).

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (August 16) raided a suspected illicit cigarette storage centre in Yuen Long and seized about 2.82 million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $7.75 million and a duty potential of about $5.37 million. Photo shows some of the suspected illicit cigarettes seized. (Opens a new window)
Hong Kong Customs yesterday (August 16) raided a suspected illicit cigarette storage centre in Yuen Long and seized about 2.82 million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $7.75 million and a duty potential of about $5.37 million. Photo shows some of the suspected illicit cigarettes seized.

 

Ends/Wednesday, August 17, 2022

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