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Foreign cigarettes worth Rs 7 crore seized in Chennai

Foreign cigarettes worth Rs 7 crore seized in Chennai
Container of cigarettes seized by the DRI officials here in the city on Thursday. (Photo: DC)

Chennai: Sleuths from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Chennai seized Rs 7 crore worth Indonesian cigarette smuggled into the city via the seaport from Singapore as plywood sheets.

According to a press release from DRI, officials intercepted the container from Singapore at a container freight station in New Manali. The container belonged to Thivya Agencies of Ayanavaram.

“Of course, there were plywood sheets. But behind the sheets there were 700 cartons with 70 lakh sticks of Djarum Black cigarettes. These 700 uniformed sized cartons were wrapped in black plastic sheets and stainless steel sheets.

These smuggled cigarette packs have no pictorial warning, which is mandatory in the country,” DRI official said. We are trying to locate the importer, added he added.