Man caught selling contraband cigarettes in Valletta open market

The Libyan man had nearly seven cartons, each containing 200 cigarettes

A Libyan man approached by customs officials was caught red-handed selling contraband cigarettes in Valletta’s open-air market. 

The man who acted agitated and refused to cooperate, forced the customs officials to request police back-up and was placed under arrest. 

In a statement, Customs said the man had seven cartons, each containing approximately 200 cigarettes of ‘cheap whites’.

An investigation is underway.

Recently, fines for selling contraband cigarettes have been increased in a bid to curb the illegal activity.

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