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Hong Kong seizes smuggled cigarettes worth over $1.5 million

Published on Jan 4, 2014 6:20 PM

HONG KONG, Jan 04, 2014 (AFP) - Hong Kong customs seized nearly four million cigarettes, worth over US$1.2 million (S$1.5 million), in a two-week operation aimed at stifling smuggling in the territory, officials said on Saturday.

Authorities arrested seven people aged between 23 and 63 in the operation, which started in mid-December.

"Two cross-boundary vehicles conveying illicit cigarettes were seized and five illicit cigarette storage points were smashed," a government statement released on Saturday said.

Customs said that almost 90 per cent of the seized cigarettes were found on two vehicles crossing the border from mainland China into the city.

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