By John Smith •
Published: 23 Jul 2020 • 17:43
One car crammed full of cigarettes
Credit: HM Customs Gibraltar
THE Gibraltar Customs appear to be exceptionally good at seizing illicit tobacco but not quite so good at catching the smugglers.
A case in point is the latest discovery of 900 cartons of cigarettes contained in two locally registered cars which have now been seized along with a radio transmitter.
The incident took place at 2.30am earlier this week when two locally registered Mitsubishi Space wagons were seen entering an area in Gibraltar at speed.
Three Customs patrol vehicles and one Customs vessel immediately responded to the incident.
Upon arrival, the officers were met by a large group of individuals who quickly left the area.
Both vehicles were located close to the shoreline where a number of small RHIBs were seen leaving at speed and the officers seized 900 cartons of cigarettes of various brands which were found inside the vehicles and scattered amongst the rocks.
Customs have said the investigations are continuing and presumably they will be able to discover the names of those who own the two cars.
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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.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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