UPDATE: Illegal cigarettes worth $500m seized in St James

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — An estimated $500 million in illegal cigarettes were seized by narcotics police and the Customs Department during a joint operation in Westgate Hills in St James yesterday.

A man was taken into custody following the seizure and is to be questioned later today with a view of charging him with breaches of the Trademark Act and Customs Act.

Read: Police seize illegal cigarettes in St James

According to police reports, an anti-narcotic operation was carried out at a home in the community about 10:00am and during the search 890 boxes of cigarettes were found amounting to an estimated $500 million.

A follow-up operation was conducted in nearby Lilliput where a storage container was seized as it was believed to be used in the storage of the cigarettes.

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