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Customs snag illegal fuel, cigarette and fashion traders

In a number of operations, some in cooperation with the police, smuggled cigarettes, tobacco, and fuel as well as counterfeit goods were discovered, an announcement from the customs department said on Tuesday.

On Tuesday in a joint operation with the police in Nicosia, customs officers found a significant amount of smoking products in premises being used as a kiosk, as well as in a vehicle used by the owner

“Twenty-five cartons of duty free cigarettes and 4.7 kilos of rolling tobacco without health warnings on them which appear to have been brought from the occupied areas were found,” customs said.

“The Cypriot owner of the kiosk and vehicle was apprehended for the offence and the smoking products were confiscated, subject to seizure. The vehicle was also confiscated. The total import duty and taxes attributable to the cigarettes and tobacco come to €1,842.”

The man was released after he agreed to paid the Customs department €5,500 in an out of court settlement. Another €500 secured the return of his vehicle.

Also on Tuesday, following information received and after securing the owner’s permission, customs again in cooperation with the police searched a house in Nicosia, looking for counterfeit goods.

The search yielded 71 pairs of trainers, copies of genuine brands.

In another case, officials from the customs department, this time in cooperation with colleagues from the road transport department took part in checks on vehicles using the Nicosia-Limassol motorway, near Kornos, to detect the illegal use of duty-free coloured diesel, usually reserved for industrial and heating purposes.

Fifty-nine diesel powered vehicles were tested with two found to be illegally using industrial diesel.

After written requests by those involved, Customs accepted an out of court settlement in both cases with the payment of the excise and VAT duties and a penalty.

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