Customs Enforcement officials have seized, in three separate cases, 1.7 tonnes of shisha tobacco, 7,600 contraband cigarettes and a cigarette vending machine.
Yesterday, following hours of observation, 1.7 tonnes of shisha tobacco, with no excise paid on it, was seized by Customs Officials from a barber shop in San Gwann.
Customs Officials intervened in a vacant store adjacent to the barber shop and have elevated fifty-two master cases full of shisha tobacco. The estimated endangered taxes exceed €65,000.
Several people were called for interrogation and it is believed that some of the suspects will be arraigned in court in the coming days.
7,600 cigarettes and cigarette vending machine elevated
Meanwhile, in Siggiewi, Customs Enforcement Officials, accompanied by Police Officials from the Siggiewi Police Station, inspected two garages belonging to the same person and elevated a total of 7,600 cigarettes baring no excise duty stamps.
In another separate case, a cigarette vending machine was seized from a bar in Luqa after it was found to be selling cigarettes over the stipulated prices without warning customers with a visible notice as required by law. The operator refused to open the vending machine and the officials consequently seized the vending machine with its contents.