Coast Guard agents have seized in the port of Constanta Sud Agigea (southeastern Romania) a batch of smuggled cigarettes worth 5,250,000 lei, approximately equivalent to 1.165 million euros (1 euro=4.5051 Romanian lei).
The Coast Guard spokesman Marius Ovidiu Niculescu declared to AGERPRES that this is the second largest seizure within the fight against cigarettes smuggling through the port of Constanta in less than one month.
'During an operation on Monday afternoon in the port of Constanta Sud Agigea, a container loaded with cigarettes imported from Malta by an Ukrainian company was identified; the intended recipient was a British company who proved to be a ghost. Therefore, Coast Guard agents in collaboration with customs officers seized the whole batch of 525,000 cigarette packs, with an estimated value of 5,250,000 lei', the spokesman said.
During a similar operation in the port of Constanta Sud Agigea, on December 19, 2013, police officers of the Coast Guard had seized another shipment of 525,000 cigarette packs of Ashima and Marble brands, also directed to the black market.AGERPRES