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Huge haul of tobacco and cigarettes found hidden in car at Nicosia crossing

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A Turkish Cypriot was arrested on Friday night at the Ayios Dhometios checkpoint after he was found attempting to smuggle to the south a total of 14.3kg of rolling tobacco, 6,000 cigarette packs, and a quantity of veterinary drugs.

During a regular car search, the customs department at the checkpoint found hidden in a vehicle registered under the Republic of Cyprus and driven by a Turkish Cypriot, a massive amount of tobacco products plus 200ml of the veterinary drug Sulphamezathine.

Specifically, the customs officers found 15 packets of Old Holborn rolling tobacco, each containing 50g and 271 packets of Golden Virginia, also containing 50g of rolling tobacco each.

Also hidden were five cartons each containing 200 packs of Rothmans cigarettes, 10 cartons with 200 Silk Cut cigarettes each, five cartons each containing 200 packs of Craven ‘A’ cigarettes, and 10 cartons each containing 200 packs of Marlboro.

The Turkish Cypriot was arrested on charges of illegal possession and import of untaxed products.

In addition to the products, the customs department seized the vehicle used for the illegal smuggling of the products, and requested €4,100 in customs duties.

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