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3 million cigarettes in smuggling haul

Published on 13/04/2004

13 April 2004

LUEBECK – Customs agents in the Baltic Sea port city of Luebeck seized around 3 million cigarettes apparently smuggled into the country on a Latvian ship, officials said Tuesday.

The officials said the haul was made on Sunday when agents carried out a routine check of a lorry. They found around 15,000 cartons of cigarettes hidden behind piles of lumber inside the lorry.

The vehicle had arrived in Luebeck on board a ferry from Riga. The customs agents believed the cigarettes’ final destination was to be the Netherlands. The taxes on the cigarettes amount to EUR 400,000.

DPA

Subject: German news