Devon

Cigarettes seized at Exeter Airport

Thousands of smuggled cigarettes have been seized from a man at Exeter Airport.

The UK Border Agency said the 36-year-old Latvian man's luggage was searched when he arrived in Devon on a Paris flight earlier this month.

Officers discovered 13,000 cigarettes in his suitcase - which contained no clothing or personal items.

If the tobacco had been sold in the UK, the agency estimates the Treasury would have lost about £2,400 in revenue.

Although there are no limits on the amount of tobacco which can be brought in from EU countries for personal use, passengers with more than 1kg of tobacco or 800 cigarettes are likely to be questioned.

If officers believe the goods will be sold for a profit, the items will be seized.

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