Mumbai: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials on Wednesday received a tip about Cigarette smuggling consignent lying at Mumbai International Cargo Terminal (MICT) Dronagiri, Nhava Sheva. Acting on it, the officials discovered cigarettes of various international brands worth Rs. 85 lakh, which were concealed under the garb of plastic toys in a container.
The DRI officials revealed “DUNHILL”, “GUDANG GARAM”, “555” and “BENSON & HEDGES” brand of cigarettes of foreign origin were packed in the Baby Car Toy cartons which were wrapped with plastic laminating film to conceal its odour and were further packed in corrugated boxes.
“A tip off was received by DRI about an attempt to smuggle cigarettes of various international brands by Premcor Enterprises by concealing them under the garb of ‘Baby Ride On Car (Plastic Toys)’ in a Container,” said Principal Additional Director General, DRI, Ajit Kumar.
A total of 2,23,160, sticks of “DUNHILL (GREEN)”, 1,19,980 sticks of “DUNHILL (BLUE)”, 1,03,350 sticks of “555”, 39,630 sticks of “BENSON & HEDGES” and 2,03,208 sticks of “GUDANG GARAM” Brand Cigarettes were found (totaling to 6,89,328 sticks) having market retail sale value of Rs. 84,94,620/-
Out of 133 only 92 cartons were found containing toys, whereas in remaining 41 cartons, cigarettes of various brands were concealed in smaller cartons, said the official.
the cigarettes worth Rs.84,94,620 concealed with the declared goods “Baby Ride On Car (Plastic Toys)” having market value of Rs. 6,38,000 were seized under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962.