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Some 1.33 million illicit cigarettes seized in Yuen Long raid

Some 1.33 million illicit cigarettes seized in Yuen Long raid

Hong Kong Customs seized 1.33 million illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of HK$3.7 million in Yuen Long yesterday.
An anti-illegal cigarette operation was conducted in Yuen Long yesterday afternoon. The batch of suspected illicit cigarettes were seized from a stone hut and a light goods vehicle, and a suspected illicit cigarette storehouse was also believed to have been raided.

Customs stated that investigations related to this incident are still being u nderway.

Three men aged between 22 and 35 were arrested on suspicion of being connected to the case. The vehicle was also detained.

Under the Dutiable Commodities Ordinance, a fine of HK$1 million and two years’ imprisonment is the maximum penalty for those involved in buying or selling illegal cigarettes.

A spokesperson reminded the public to report suspected illicit cigarette activities to the Customs’ 24-hour hotline or email.
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