Clever Smuggling Attempt Foiled

Submitted by: Squrlz4Sale 4 years ago in

Romanian Customs agents found 70,000 packs of cigarettes hidden inside logs from Ukraine.
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Male 454
So... they virtually destroy the value of the logs, pay somebody to bore them out with what has to be unusual and expensive equipment, pack them with smokes, and carefully disguise the holes, all to avoid tobacco taxes? This is profitable?

Even if they were only avoiding £1 of tax per pack, that`s a lot of money. Bear in mind that the logs can be shipped back and re-used.

To put it into perspective in the UK £6.17 is tax on a pack of 20 cigs. So if this shipment had been destined for the UK almost £432k in tax would have been avoided. That seems worth the effort.
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Female 6,381
So... they virtually destroy the value of the logs, pay somebody to bore them out with what has to be unusual and expensive equipment, pack them with smokes, and carefully disguise the holes, all to avoid tobacco taxes? This is profitable?
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Male 1,510

I want to know how they bored out those logs. How the heck would you drill out such a big hole? And is it worth it just to smuggle in cigarettes? Weird.
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Male 6,227
@ Intrigid (Addendum): I just checked and equipment to weigh railroad cars exists. So perhaps it *was* the weight that tipped the customs agents off.
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Male 6,227
@ Intrigid: Actually, these logs were being brought into the country on a freight train. So I don`t think it was the weight that tipped off the inspectors.
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Male 4,891

Aint nothin wrong with smokin da trees.
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Male 914
Idiots. They probably got caught because at the weigh station the truck was 25% lighter than normal.
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Male 3,147
I don`t think they`d done this before...they were just amateurs branching out.
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Male 840
See that hammer? Logs sounded hollow. That is all it took to foil this plot.
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Male 39,556

If only they`d put their criminal genius to work helping society!
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Male 2,579
That`s enough cancer causing material to start a legitimate business
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Male 6,227
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