Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting TANEWS to 80360, or email
10,000 cigarettes are seized at Leeds-Bradford Airport
7:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
More than 10,000 cigarettes were seized by Border Force officers at Leeds-Bradford International Airport.
A passenger who had originally flown from China was stopped when he arrived at Leeds-Bradford on a connecting flight from Amsterdam last week.
The tobacco will be destroyed.
Chris Murphy, acting assistant director for Border Force, said: “I would urge anyone tempted by cheap alcohol and tobacco to think again. It cheats honest traders and it’s totally unregulated so buyers have no way of knowing what they are actually getting.”
Passengers travelling from outside the European Union can only bring 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco into the UK tax free. During the financial year 2012-13, 487 million cigarettes and 359 tonnes of hand-rolling tobacco were seized by the Border Force.