Contraband cigarettes and alcohol seized across Malta

Contraband booze and smuggled cigarettes have been seized from several shops across Malta in a major customs crackdown.

Customs officers discovered 3,749 cigarettes and 21.6 kg of tobacco during a series of spot checks at corner stores and mini-markets.

They also seized 3,727 bottles of non-alcoholic drinks, 217 bottles of wine, and 53 bottles of spirits, including whisky, rum and vodka.

Routine searches took place in St Paul’s Bay, Sliema, St Julian’s, Mosta, Marsaxlokk, Rabat, Dingli, Balluta, Balzan and Lija.

A spokesman said: ‘The Customs Department’s Enforcement Unit has been clamping down on the sale of illicit goods, in an effort to hamper contraband operations and collect the taxes owed, which is being charged to the end consumer.’

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