By John Smith • 14 February 2018 • 15:35
The two bags that the arrested Spaniard was swimming with
AFTER the opposition party in Gibraltar criticised the government’s record on controlling tobacco, Customs are now smoking out the smugglers.
Following a number of high profile busts last week, HM Customs Marine Section assisted by Gibraltar Defence police officers have seized approximately 150 cartons of cigarettes and arrested a Spanish national at Western Beach.
The individual was arrested last night (Tuesday) when spotted trying to swim across to Spain pushing two large bags which contained the cigarettes.
In a separate incident HM Customs arrested a Spanish national whilst attempting to export a commercial amount of rolling tobacco in his vehicle. A thorough search of the vehicle revealed specially designed compartments containing 425 packets of rolling tobacco.
Both detainees have been released on bail until a later date when they are due to appear at the Magistrates Court.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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