Illicit tobacco worth more than €30,000 seized in Gibraltar

American cigarettes are smugglers favourites Credit: HM Customs Gibraltar

KEEPING up with their fight against tobacco smuggling which has caused so much angst in Spain, Gibraltar customs officers have seized 750 cartons containing 150,000 cigarettes worth more than €30,000.

First in the early hours of last Sunday morning, a patrol spotted and challenged a vehicle suspected of being involved in illicit tobacco activity.

The occupants of the vehicle fled but a search revealed that their suspicions were correct and a total of 750 cartons of cigarettes were subsequently seized.

Shortly after, in a separate incident, HM Customs received reports of a traffic incident in the area of the sundial roundabout where boxes of tobacco were seen to be strewn across the road.

Upon arrival, the officers searched the vehicle and the surrounding area and found 50 cartons of tobacco which were also seized.

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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 www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews

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