Cyprus Mail

Tobacco smugglers fined

TWO Brits traveling from Jordan to the United Kingdom through Larnaca were fined €1,600 each on Tuesday by the Larnaca District Court, after admitting to trying to smuggle 600 cartons, each containing 200 cigarettes, in their luggage.

The two men arrived at Larnaca airport on Sunday afternoon from Amman, Jordan.

During baggage checks, the Customs Department found they had been carrying 600 cartons of Omega Superslim Menthol cigarettes in their luggage.

The men claimed they had obtained the cigarettes from Iraq and planned to smuggle them into the U.K.

They were arrested on the spot and the cigarettes, taxes on which would have been over €20,000, were seized.

On Tuesday, the two men pleaded guilty to all charges, and the court handed each a €1,600 fine.

In another case, the police raided a warehouse in Nicosia on Tuesday and found 14 cartons of cigarettes of various brands and 650 grammes of Old Holborn loose tobacco that did not have the bilingual health warning labels, suggesting that these were tax-free and ready to be sold in the market. A Romanian woman found to be responsible for the warehouse was arrested, but later released after the cigarettes and tobacco were confiscated and an out-of-court fine of €1,400 paid. The tax on the cigarettes, had it been paid, would have been €650.

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