Cigarette smuggler smoked out by Guardia Civil

15,500 packets, the contents of the intercepted van

FOLLOWING a chase in which a suspect van drove into a Guardia Civil vehicle, the driver was arrested and tobacco with a value of €66,500 was confiscated.

Officers on patrol noticed a white van which appeared to be badly overloaded near to the town of San Roque and when they instructed the driver to stop, he sped off, often driving on the wrong side of the road in a desperate attempt to escape.

Other Guardia Civil vehicles joined in the chase and the van was eventually stopped at kilometre 130 on the main A-7 motorway heading in the direction of Malaga.

When officers opened up the van they discovered 15,500 packs of cigarettes which did not carry the official tax paid seal and these were promptly seized along with the van itself.

The driver was arrested and has been charged with carrying contraband, dangerous driving and resisting arrest.

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John Smith

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. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page