14 detained at airport for smuggling cigarettes and e-cigarettes worth Rs 50 lakh

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Customs officers at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport apprehended 14 passengers arriving from Sharjah and Dubai and seized cigarettes and e-cigarettes valued at Rs 50 lakh, over the past week. In the latest case, six passengers were arrested while trying to smuggle cigarettes and e-cigarettes from Sharjah into the country, as reported by IANS.
Customs officials said as many as 22,600 cigarettes and 940 e-cigarettes worth a total of Rs 11.66 lakhs were seized from the passengers. “The goods have been confiscated. Further investigation is ongoing,” Hyderabad Customs said.

This is the third such case in a week. Earlier on July 27, customs officers apprehended three passengers on the same flight from Sharjah and seized the same contraband. Officials said the three passengers attempted to smuggle 40,800 cigarettes and 1,010 e-cigarettes with an estimated value of around Rs 14 lakhs, as reported by IANS.

Similarly, on July 25, six passengers on the flights from Dubai and Sharjah were caught with cigarettes and e-cigarettes worth around Rs 25 lakhs which were later confiscated by customs officials.

In another similar incident, Mumbai police seized electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) including flavored tobacco worth over Rs 14.60 lakh after conducting raids at 12 locations in the city, including its suburbs. The team during the raid arrested 11 defendants.
The raid was carried out jointly by the Economic Crimes Wing (EOW) Criminal Branch Control, Midday reported.
“Considering that youngsters in Mumbai are consuming e-cigarettes which are harmful to their health, EOW branch crime branch control raided 12 locations and seized e-cigarettes worth Rs 14,60,420 and registered a case against the accused,” the investigator said. said the officer.

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