Germany seizes cigarettes on Christmas truck

27th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

27 September 2007, Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany (dpa) - German customs agents said Wednesday they had seized 1.17 million smuggled cigarettes near the Polish border after searching a truck allegedly loaded with Christmas-cheer items.

27 September 2007

Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany (dpa) - German customs agents said Wednesday they had seized 1.17 million smuggled cigarettes near the Polish border after searching a truck allegedly loaded with Christmas-cheer items.

Instead of the artificial Christmas trees and streamers stated on the freight manifest, the rig was packed with Chinese-made cigarettes intended for smokers who resent paying German tobacco tax.

The truck was pulled over on a highway near the city of Frankfurt an der Oder by roving agents who search suspicious vehicles. The agents used an X-ray scanner to detect the contraband.

The 36-year-old Polish truck driver faces smuggling charges. Officials said 200,000 euros (282,000 dollars) in tax would have been payable on the cigarettes if they had been declared.

DPA

Subject: German news

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