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Date: 07/16/13 12:37 PM

12 Responses to Clever Smuggling Attempt Foiled

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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    July 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm
    Link: Clever Smuggling Attempt Foiled - Romanian Customs agents found 70,000 packs of cigarettes hidden inside logs from Ukraine.
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    Agent00Smith Male 18-29
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    July 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    That`s enough cancer causing material to start a legitimate business
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36177 posts
    July 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    If only they`d put their criminal genius to work helping society!
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    Cartunze Male 60-69
    841 posts
    July 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm
    See that hammer? Logs sounded hollow. That is all it took to foil this plot.
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    Listypoos Male 40-49
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    July 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm
    I don`t think they`d done this before...they were just amateurs branching out.
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    intrigid Male 18-29
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    July 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm
    Idiots. They probably got caught because at the weigh station the truck was 25% lighter than normal.
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
    4710 posts
    July 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Aint nothin wrong with smokin da trees.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    July 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm
    @ 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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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    July 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm
    @ 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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    DingDingDong Male 30-39
    1511 posts
    July 16, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    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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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    July 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm
    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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    Wibble4321 Male 40-49
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    July 17, 2013 at 1:46 am
    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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