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Customs swoops on illicit cigarette smuggling case in Lok Ma Chau

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – Hong Kong Customs swooped on an illicit cigarette smuggling case at Lok Ma Chau Control Point and seized about 1 million sticks of duty-not-paid cigarettes on board a cross-boundary lorry today (June 3).The total value of the cigarettes was about $2.5 million with a duty potential of about $1.7 million.In the operation, one 42-year-old male driver was arrested and the lorry used in the smuggling of illicit cigarettes was seized.

At about 9am, Customs officers at Lok Ma Chau Control Point intercepted a cross-boundary lorry declared to have 450 boxes of furniture, plastics and glassware on board.After X-ray examination and thorough inspection by Customs officers, about 1 million sticks of illicit cigarettes were found in 83 carton boxes, mix-loaded with other goods and concealed in the rear of the lorry.

Hong Kong Customs will continue to carry out stringent enforcement action against the smuggling of illicit cigarettes at boundary control points to protect government revenue.

Under the Import and Export Ordinance, smuggling is a serious offence. The maximum penalty is a fine of $2 million and imprisonment for seven years.

Members of the public are urged to report suspected illicit cigarette activities by calling the Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Source: HKSAR Government

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