Cyprus Mail

Customs seize smuggled koupes

Officers at the Ayios Dhometios checkpoint customs department have seized and destroyed 200 frozen koupes, a meaty falafel, which were being smuggled from the north.

The 200 koupes were found on Wednesday by checkpoint officers in the boot of the rental car driven by a resident of the Republic.

“The food was seized and destroyed because it is prohibited to transfer such large quantities of food, frozen or cooked, to the government-controlled areas,” Christos Christou from the customs department told the Cyprus Mail on Thursday.

While there are no clear guidelines regarding the quantity that is allowed across the divide, members of the customs department judged that 200 koupes were excessive, Christou added.

“The food was placed in a bin and a sort of medicine was poured over them so that they became inedible,” Christou said, describing how the customs officers destroyed the seized snack.

The customs department fined the would-be koupa smuggler €200.

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