A Turkish Cypriot man attempting to bring 2Kg of rolling tobacco to the south was arrested at the Ledra Palace checkpoint on Saturday.
The man who has on previous occasions had run-ins with customs officials was found to be carrying 2Kg of OLD HOLBORN rolling tobacco with a levy of €418 worth of duties and taxes.
Under questioning, the man admitted to having smuggled 1.5Kg of tobacco on a previous occasion with a levy of €313 worth of duties and taxes.
A pecuniary payment amounting to € 1.600 was made, and the man released.
The amount includes a fine, the levy for 3.5Kg of tobacco and €100 for the release of the bicycle which he used while transporting the tobacco which had been confiscated.
Present legislation imposes quantitative limits for the exemption of duties and taxes with regards to tobacco products, to 40 cigarettes per person, provided that they are over 17 years of age. The movement of any quantity of fine-cut tobacco for the rolling of cigarettes and/or other smoking tobacco is prohibited.