22,000 contraband cigarettes seized in Fgura

The Customs Department has seized nearly 22,000 packets of contraband cigarettes from a garage in Fgura.

The find followed several hours of observation by undercover officers.

The haul was seized in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The brands seized are not legally sold in Malta and were hidden in a garage which is used for storage purposes by an owner of a bar in Hamrun.

The amount of revenue in terms of excise duty and VAT from the contraband exceeds €5,000.

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