Man arrested over illicit cigarettes

July 9, 2020
Intercepting at source
Intercepting at source:

Customs officers seize about 10 million illicit cigarettes at the department’s cargo examination compound in Kwai Chung.


Customs today announced that it arrested a man and seized about 10 million suspected illicit cigarettes at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound.


The cigarettes have an estimated market value of about $27 million and a duty potential of about $19 million.


Officers found the batch of suspected illicit cigarettes inside 1,003 cartons in a seaborne transhipment container they selected for inspection through risk assessment.


The container, declared as carrying karaoke players, arrived from Singapore and was headed for the Philippines via Hong Kong.


A 38-year-old man in charge of a logistics company was subsequently arrested and an investigation is ongoing.


Call the 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or send an email to report illicit cigarette activities.

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