Sunday, July 31, 2022

Big cigarette haul at Hyderabad airport, conduits in Sharjah flight

Hyderabad: Customs officials apprehended 14 passengers in the last one week who were trying to smuggle in cigarettes and e-cigarettes worth Rs 50 lakh at the RGI Airport.

Apart from the traders in Hyderabad, members of gangs operating from Kerala and Maharashtra were among those who have been intercepted. Customs officials said that the offenders' profits have quadrupled due to the domestic sale of the smuggled e-cigarettes.

On Friday, Hyderabad customs officials apprehended six passengers who arrived by Indigo flight 6E1406 from Sharjah and confiscated 22,600 cigarettes and 940 e-cigarettes of different brands from them. The seized items were valued at Rs 11.66 lakh.

Prior to that on July 27, the customs team had intercepted three passengers who arrived from Sharjah by Indigo flight 6E1406, while they were trying to smuggle in 40,800 cigarettes and 1010 e-cigarettes, worth Rs 14 lakh.

On July 25, five passengers who arrived from Dubai by Emirates flight EK-526 and from Sharjah by flight 6E1406 were apprehended for trying to smuggle in cigarettes and e-cigarettes worth Rs 25 lakhs.

31/07/22 Times of India

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