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Customs detects suspected case of illicit cigarettes concealed in fake dip soldering devices

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – Hong Kong Customs detected a suspected case of using fake dip soldering devices to conceal illicit cigarettes today (June 25) at Lok Ma Chau Control Point. About 800 000 sticks of suspected illicit cigarettes were seized on an incoming lorry. The total market value of the cigarettes was about $2.2 million with a duty potential of about $1.5 million.

In the operation, a 45-year-old male driver was arrested and the lorry used in the suspected smuggling of illicit cigarettes was seized.

Customs officers at Lok Ma Chau Control Point this morning intercepted an incoming lorry declared to be carrying a batch of express cargo. After thorough inspection, Customs officers found about 800 000 sticks of suspected illicit cigarettes inside 58 fake dip soldering devices. It was believed that speedy distribution of the illicit cigarettes to various buyers in the territory would be arranged.

A Customs spokesman said today, “Hong Kong Customs will continue to carry out stringent enforcement action against the smuggling of illicit cigarettes at boundary control points.”

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.

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