Unprecedented Seizure of Contraband Tobacco

From: CRE Brazil

The Federal Highway Police seized a load of approximately ten tons of tobacco as well as material for packaging in the state of Rio de Janeiro at dawn last Saturday, the 28th. The merchandise was hidden inside a truck that had come from Paraguay and was heading to an illegal factory in the northeast of the country.

It was an unusual seizure because illegal cigarettes generally come into Brazil already packaged. In addition to several boxes of nearly 100 kilos of tobacco each, the truck was carrying stamps, silk, a machine for packing cigarettes and packages marked Paraguay US.


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