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DRI seizes cigarettes worth Rs 23 cr at Surat port

The containers were intercepted at a port owned by the Adani group

| Surat | Updated: March 30, 2015 1:50:58 am
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, DRI, Adani Group, Hazira, South Gujarat, Dubai, India, imported cigarettes, cigarettes, Valvada Inland Container Depot (ICD),  (extension port) and from there it was likely to head for Ahmedabad, Kutch, Mumbai or Goa, Ahmedabad, Surat the imported cigarettes were being smuggled as “waste paper and plastic balls”.

In one of the biggest foreign cigarette hauls, officials from Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) at Surat identified and detained six containers from Dubai trying to smuggle imported cigarettes worth Rs 23.29 crore into the country.

While, two of the containers were supposed to contain waste paper, the remaining four were to contain LDPE regrind. The containers were under transshipment from Adani Hazira Port, Surat, and had been imported by two Bhuj-based parties. Upon examination, it was revealed that the four LDPE regrind containers were actually stuffed with cartons of Indonesian-made cigarettes with LDPE bags stacked in front.

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A total of 3.21 crore cigarette sticks of Gudang Garam, Djarum Black and Luvin Fresh brands were recovered. The market value of the cigarettes is around Rs 23.29 crore, making it one of the biggest haul of foreign-made cigarettes in India.

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