Coast Guard seized massive haul of untaxed cigarettes with labels from China, South Korea
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Acting on a tip-off that smugglers were attempting to run cigarettes from a cargo ship by tenders before the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Coast Guard made the seizure aboard the Republic of Sierra Leone-flagged vessel anchored at the No. 18 pier in Taichung Harbor on Tuesday, according to CNA.
An investigation launched after the seizure found that the cargo ship had applied to enter the harbor on the grounds that it was in distress, claiming its main engine was in need of repairs.
When investigators eventually boarded the ship and inspected the containers, they found that 13 contained altogether more than 5 million packs of untaxed cigarettes from China and South Korea. [FULL STORY]