By John Smith • 16 November 2020 • 13:10
ON the evening of November 15, Gibraltar Customs Enforcement and Marine Units seized 1,100 cartons of cigarettes and one Spanish registered vehicle.
In the first incident, HMC Seeker was patrolling local waters when they saw a small rigid inflatable boat (RHIB) heading towards coastline and on approaching the small vessel the crew found it to be loaded with boxes wrapped in black plastic bags.
The occupants started jettisoning the boxes and navigated under the extension jetty, where they continued disposing of the rest of the cargo.
The RHIB sped out through the other side of the jetty and made good their escape then HMC Seeker’s crew retrieved 700 cartons of cigarettes from the harbour waters.
In the second incident, the Enforcement Unit patrol crew was dispatched to the area of Halifax Road where they saw an abandoned Spanish registered vehicle at the roundabout.
The vehicle was open and the keys were still in the ignition so the officers then carried out a search and retrieved 400 cartons of cigarettes of various brands.
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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.
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