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Customs seize contraband cigarettes, culprit shells out €27,640

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The customs department found more than 12 kilos of tobacco and 40,800 cigarettes which were imported illegally from the north in the home of a Paphos resident on Sunday evening.

The duty due for the items was estimated at €10,500.

Customs officers arrested the man and seized the tobacco and cigarettes as well as the car used for smuggling.

A sum of money which the suspect allegedly said came from the sale of cigarettes was also confiscated.

Late on Sunday evening the director of the customs department accepted an out-of-court settlement for a total of €27,640 after which the man was set free and his vehicle was returned to him.

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