Friday, October 11, 2019

Cigarettes worth Rs 69L seized from airport

Coimbatore: The directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) seized more than 23,000 packets of imported cigarettes worth Rs 69 lakh from five passengers at the airport on Tuesday.
DRI had received a tip-off about the smuggling and had apprehended Mohammed Akbar Ali, Ansar Ali, Abdul Khadir, Kalander Hyder Ali, and Shahul Hameed, who flew into the city from Colombo, when they opted for green channel at the airport.
The sleuths also detained passengers Hasan Riyaz and Ismail. As many as 23,310 packets (4,66,200 sticks) of the contraband worth 69,93,000 were found concealed in their luggage.
They were carrying the cigarettes in commercial quantity restricted under the Customs Act, 1962 and the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992, DRI sources said. The seven men admitted that they were smugglers and knew importing cigarettes in such large quantities was not allowed.
11/10/19 Times of India
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