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Police Bust Cigarette Smugglers In South China | 2008-10-22

GUANGZHOU, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) — Chinese police seized three people involved in a four-million yuan (585,265 U.S. dollar) cigarette smuggling operation on Tuesday.

A frontier police brigade at Yantian of Shenzhen, southern Guangdong Province, was tipped off Tuesday morning that two trucks loaded with smuggled cigarettes were heading for Hong Kong.

They pulled over two trucks, matching the description from the tipsters, on the Pinghu section of a highway around 10:00 a.m.. Three people tried to escape the scene but were caught.

The trucks were loaded with 1,000 boxes of brand-name cigarettes labeled as biscuits and toys. The drivers failed to provide required export documents.

An investigation is underway.

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