Almost 80,000 illegal cigarettes found hidden on boat in Taichung Harbor, Taiwan

Authorities were alerted to the ship after an unscheduled maintenance stop and an anonymous tip-off

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/06/25
By: Scott Morgan, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Coast Guard officials at Taichung Harbor (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Coast Guard found 79,900 contraband cigarettes on a cargo ship that docked in Taichung Harbor (臺中港) for so-called maintenance today, reported CNA.

1,598 cases of Chinese-branded cigarettes were found in four shipping containers.

The goods have a market value of approximately NT$35 million (US$1.15 million), according to authorities.

The Chinese-registered cargo ship named “Yongshun No. 2” (永順2號) was searched by the Coast Guard after both an anonymous tip-off and a report of suspicious activity by port authorities.    [FULL  STORY]

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