Van weighed down with 26,000 packets of cigarettes stopped by police in Spain’s Costa del Sol

CONTRABAND: Mijas man arrested. CREDIT: Guardia Civil

A 47-year-old from Mijas, Malaga, has been arrested for smuggling after 26,000 packets of cigarettes were found in his van during a police control.

THE Guardia Civil stopped the detainee in Alhaurin de la Torre after the van appeared to have ‘an excess of load.’

In a statement today, they said: “Police intervened 26,000 packs of tobacco of illegal origin in the town of Alhaurin de la Torre, Malaga, and the driver of the van carrying the goods has been arrested.

“When officers were carrying out a police control in the town they observed a van with an apparent excess of load, so they stopped it.”

Inside the vehicle they found numerous cardboard boxes containing 26,000 packs of tobacco of different brands, “without the driver being able to prove the legal origin of the goods.”

The cigarettes were confiscated.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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