Tobacco smuggler fined in Gibraltar

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Destroying contraband cigarettes

WHILST Spanish authorities regularly complain about the volume of tobacco smuggled across the border, there is no doubt that the government of Gibraltar has done a great deal to try to combat the smugglers.

A Spanish national has just been fined £7,000 (€9,500) after pleading guilty to all charges at the Magistrate’s Court on September 13 for tobacco smuggling.

Francisco Montes Torres was loading a small boat with packs of cigarettes on the shoreline of Eastern beach, when Customs officers arrived. He was charged with being in possession of and importing 70,000 cigarettes without a permit, as well as exporting 10,000 cigarettes.

According to recent figures released, the main sources of illegal tobacco within Spain are now from counterfeit cigarettes made from Spanish-grown tobacco or due to smuggling through Andorra.

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