RAIPUR: 4 persons in connection with the illicit trafficking of 30 lakhs sticks of smuggled cigarettes were arrested by the DRI.
Acting on a tip-off the DRI officials increased the surveillance at the check posts. On suspecting a truck driver, the police officials at the checkpoint searched the vehicle to discover bulk packages of the ciggarrette. Cartons packed in HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) bags containing 30 Lakhs sticks of smuggled cigarettes of foreign origin of Paris Brand worth Rs 3 Crores were confiscated.
The driver and cleaner of the truck confessed to their role in the possession and transportation of foreign cigarettes and they were arrested under the sections of the Customs Act, 1962. So far four people involved in the smuggling have been arrested in the case. All the accused were produced before the Court and sent to judicial custody.
Further probe is under way.