By Cathy Elelman • 18 September 2019 • 10:58
Photo: Guardia Civil
SOME 5,000 packets of contraband cigarettes worth €25,000.
That was the total amount of illicit tobacco Guardia Civil seized in less than a week during routine controls on vehicles and passengers coming off ferries from Algeria at Almeria port.
The finds resulted in three arrests.
In the most recent incident officers discovered 500 packets of different brands of cigarettes lacking the necessary tax stamp hidden creatively hidden on a vehicle which disembarked from the ferry Vronskiy after sailing from Oran.
Just days before the Guardia found 1,300 packets of illegal smokes stashed in a double bottom made to look like a fuel tank at the back of the vehicle which came off the same boat after it made the crossing from Gazahouet.
Earlier officers had found more than 3,000 packs of fags without a tax stamp concealed in the back of a van.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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