Tax police intercept big load of cigarettes

Someone tried to smuggle a bright orange container filled with out-of-date cigarettes into Costa Rica. The effort was not successful.

The nation’s tax police and several other agencies became involved when a routine inspection showed that import duties had not been paid on the 200,000 cartons of cigarettes. Police estimated the value at $600,000.

The container appears to have done a lot of traveling. The cigarettes are of the Hobby brand and were made in Paraguay.

The security ministry said that the container was in Honduras and then went to Houston, Texas, before ending up on the Muelle Alemán in Limón. Officials have placed the container under guard. They noted that the cartons show a February expiration date.

Officer with the tax department inspects the load.

Officer with the tax department inspects the load.

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