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Customs seize contraband tobacco at checkpoints, airport

February 12, 2019 at 3:05pm
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Customs on Tuesday announced a series of seizures of contraband tobacco from a number of points of entry over the past few days.

They include the seizure on February 5 at the Ledra Street checkpoint of 3,000 grams of tobacco and 800 cigarettes from a Briton who was given an out of court fine of €1,300.

On February 11, a Bulgarian national was caught with 500 grams of tobacco and 2000 cigarettes at the Ayios Dhometios checkpoint. He paid a fine of €800 and another €500 for the return of his vehicle.

A Belgian national was caught with 6800 cigarettes on arrival at Larnaca Airport from Tel Aviv, was arrested and fined €900 by Larnaca district court the following day.

Two Ukrainians caught at Larnaca Airport with  27,260 cigarettes on arrival from the Ukraine were arrested, fined €6,000 and released.

Other busts include the discovery of 13,2000 cigarettes and 1,250 grams of tobacco during a search of premises in the Nicosia district and the owner was fined €7.,00.

In all cases the duty free tobacco and cigarettes were confiscated.