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Customs seize tobacco, counterfeit goods

A Moroccan man was apprehended at Larnaca airport after forty kilos of hookah tobacco was found in his luggage, customs said Friday.

The seizure, which took place on Wednesday followed a check carried out by customs officers of the Moroccan passport holder, who had arrived in Cyprus on flight QR 269 from Doha, Qatar. The passenger had failed to declare the shisha tobacco.

The man was arrested and the tobacco, the unpaid duty of which was valued at €8.375, was confiscated.

On Thursday, in Limassol, during investigations for counterfeit goods which were carried out in 18 shops, authorities found in 11 of them, a total of 1,845 fake items of clothing, bags, purses, games and other goods.

The items were confiscated and will be destroyed by customs as per the standard procedures.

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