Bars and shops caught out with contraband cigarettes in capital of Spain’s Costa Almeria

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SEIZED: Police found 585 cartons of cigarettes with a combined value of some €2,500 in the six establishments CREDIT: POLICÍALOCAL ALMERÍA Twitter @Policia_Almeria

ALMERIA Local Police have caught out two of the city’s bars, three food shops and a bazaar selling contraband cigarettes.

Inspections of the six establishments at the end of June in conjunction with the Customs Surveillance Unit revealed that without the relevant authorisation they were selling packets of national and international brand cigarettes loose, most of them in any case contraband.

The inspections resulted in the seizure of more than 585 cartons of cigarettes with a combined value of some €2,500.

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The establishments face minimum fines of €1,000.

The sanctions in the case of large-scale illegal tobacco sales set-ups can be as much as 350 per cent of the value of the amount seized.


Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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