30 thousand packets of electronic cigarette tobacco were seized in the operation carried out by the Sarp Customs Enforcement Smuggling and Intelligence Directorate by the Customs Enforcement Team of the Ministry of Commerce.
As a result of the risk analysis studies conducted through the Common Gate Program, which is used jointly with Georgia within the scope of combating tobacco products smuggling activities by the Customs Enforcement teams, a truck with a foreign plate that will come to our country was considered risky.
The suspect truck that entered the customs area was taken under surveillance and sent for x-ray scanning. During the scanning, suspicious density was detected in the base of the trailer of the truck and the vehicle was taken to the search hangar.
As a result of the searches, it was determined that secret compartments were created at the bottom of the truck trailer and tens of thousands of electronic cigarette tobacco were hidden by means of specially prepared devices in these compartments. 8 thousand electronic cigarettes connected to 30 separate secret compartments with a belt device were seized.
While the vehicle in which 3 thousand packs of electronic cigarette tobacco with a market value of approximately 500 million 30 thousand Turkish Liras were confiscated, the investigation initiated by the Hopa Chief Public Prosecutor's Office continues.