News Local Customs seize 19 kilos of smuggled tobacco intended for UK

Customs seize 19 kilos of smuggled tobacco intended for UK

Customs  have seized a large quantity of tobacco smuggled from the Turkish occupied north and intended for the UK, the Cyprus News Agency reported.

It said that that on the night of February 13, customs stopped a car with registration plates from the Turkish-held north with four passengers — all Turkish Cypriots. In it they found 19 kilos and 200 grams of tobacco (384 packets of 50 grams of Golden Virginia tobacco) and 1,200 cigarettes (four cartons of Silk Cut and two of Kent cigarettes).

Initial inquiries showed that the tobacco belonged to one of the passengers who was due to fly to the UK from Larnaca Airport. She was arrested and the tobacco — the duty on which was  €4,220 — and the car that was being used  were confiscated.

The customs director then agreed to an out of court fine of € 7,100 and another  €500 to return the car.  The woman was then released

Also on the same night, Nicosia police found 54 cartons on cigarettes in the car of a Greek Cypriot which did not have the Greek and Turkish language health warning signs, indicating that duty had not been paid. The brands of cigarettes are not sold in the government controlled areas but are smuggled across from the north.

The man, who has been in trouble with customs for similar offences in the past, was arrested and remanded in custody by Nicosia district court.

 

 

Top Stories

Headmaster Lambon: The English School still a leader in education (PHOTOS)

The English School has always been an innovator with a reputation as a leader in education but the coronavirus pandemic has proved it is...

Cypriots fed up with rising corruption, insufficient measures to combat it-poll

Cypriots are fed up with rising corruption on the island and consider as insufficient measures announced by the government aiming to combat the bleak...

Parked car with driver inside falls in sea waters after brake was not pulled (PHOTOS)

A car parked by the sea in Peyia area and whose driver forgot to pull its brake early on Sunday ended up falling in...

EU’s Reynders: Cyprus can no longer sell passports through citizenship schemes

Cyprus can no longer sell passports through citizenship schemes, EU Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders told Sunday’s Phileleftheros in an exclusive interview. And it should...

Swiss voters to decide ban on facial coverings

Swiss voters are deciding on a far-right proposal to ban facial coverings as they take to the polls on Sunday in a binding referendum...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...