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Illegal cigarettes valued at $2.417m seized

Published:Tuesday | October 22, 2013 | 5:59 PM

Kingston, Jamaica:



In a joint four-day operation by the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force 80,575 sticks of illicit cigarettes valued at $2.417m were seized.



The JCA says the operation which lasted from October 14-17 targeted approximately 20 business establishments across the parishes of St Ann, St James and Westmoreland.



They say the operation dubbed 'Stir It Up' targeted approximately 20 business establishments across the parishes of St Ann, St James and Westmoreland.



This resulted in 16,500 sticks being seized in St Ann on day one, 50,675 sticks seized on day three between St James and Westmoreland and an additional 13, 400 sticks being seized in St Ann on day four.



The Jamaica Customs Agency continues to advise the public that counterfeit cigarettes may be cheaper; however, they pose a serious health risk as the contents are unregulated and may be harmful to your health.



They say the agency continues to implement procedures which lead to the interdiction and ultimate destruction of illegal cigarettes seized from the Jamaican market place.



An analysis of the Year to Date figures of domestic importation of cigarettes reveals a decline in the number of sticks by 94.505 million or 31.4 per cent.



Total duties collected from cigarette imports also declined by J$1.007 billion or 25.7 per cent.



Upon further analysis of the data, it was revealed that the reduction was due to a 31.4 per cent decline in Special Consumption Tax Specifics amounting to J$992.302 million.



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