Contraband cigarettes seized in Almeria port

HIDDEN: Guardia officers discovered 3,250 packets of smokes hidden in a false bottom in the back of a van. CREDIT: Almeria Guardia

GUARDIA Civil seized thousands of packets of contraband cigarettes during a routine check on vehicles disembarking at Almeria port.

Officers found 3,250 packs of smokes hidden in a van coming off a ferry from Ghazaouet in Algeria.

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The driver told them he had nothing to declare at customs, but a thorough inspection of the vehicle led to the discovery of a false bottom in the back of the vehicle and a hoard of cigarettes with a market value of €1,650.

After checking that the packets lacked the obligatory tax stamp, officers detained M.B. on charges of contraband.


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