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Press Release: 248,800 cigarettes seized by Customs found in a garage of a medical clinic in Birkirkara

Press Release: 248,800 cigarettes seized by Customs found in a garage of a medical clinic in Birkirkara 

 

  • €57,539 in endangered taxes

 

Following hours of surveillance by Customs Officials in Birkirkara, 248,800 contraband cigarettes were elevated from a garage of a medical clinic and subsequently seized.

 

Last Thursday Customs Officials intercepted a contraband cigarette deal in Birkirkara. 19,600 cigarettes were found in a storage unit in the garage, while an additional amount of 229,200 cigarettes were elevated from a van while discharging them into the same storage unit.

 

The Police Economic Crimes Unit was called at the scene for assistance who placed both persons under arrest pending investigation with the cigarettes and the van being seized by Customs.

 

The endangered tax on these items amounts to: €4,156 as Import Duty; €43,505 as Excise Duty; and €9,878 as Value Added Tax; for a total amount of €57,539.