$10 million worth of illegal cigarettes seized
The Jamaica Customs Agency is reporting that 50 cases of uncustomed cigarettes with an estimated street value of $10 million has been seized.
The seizure was made yesterday morning by the Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team in collaboration with the Trans-national Crime and Narcotics Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
Jamaica Customs says the operation resulted in the seizure of the cigarettes and a silver Toyota Hiace Motor Vehicle used to transport the contraband.
It says the vehicle was intercepted in the Greenwich Farm Area.
The customs agency says the estimated duty that would have been lost is approximately $13.6 million.
It says one person has been detained for questioning.
This seizure of illicit cigarettes comes on the heels of another major investigation of the smuggling of duty free cigarettes worth $1 million at one of the International Airports.
The Jamaica Customs Agency is advising wholesalers and retailers of tobacco products that they should only purchase from legitimate sources and retain their proof of purchase.
In the meantime, cigarette distributor, Carreras Limited has called a press conference for today to highlight the impact of counterfeit cigarettes on its business.
It says since October 2013 large quantities of counterfeit cigarettes have been detected in the Jamaican market.
It says these products continue to enter through Jamaica’s ports without detection and highlight the need for additional enforcement from the relevant authorities.
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