Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Island. Photo: Asia Times
Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Island. Photo: Asia Times

A 47-year-old man was arrested by customs officers for allegedly selling illicit cigarettes in a grocery store in Sai Ying Pun on Hong Kong Island on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip, officers from the Customs Department raided a store on First Street at 10am and seized 20,000 illicit cigarettes found in a hidden storage area inside the store, Oriental Daily reported.

The estimated market value of the seized cigarettes was given at HK$60,000 (US$7,675), while their duty potential was HK$20,000.

A man of Nepali origin who holds a Hong Kong identity card was arrested. The officers believed that he only sold the contraband cigarettes to regular customers.

Officers seized not only local brands but also Nepalese cigarettes that are rarely seen in Hong Kong, Apple Daily reported, adding that the Customs Department was investigating the source of the illicit cigarettes and might make more arrests.

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