Turkey: Contraband tobacco rolling papers seized

– Nearly 15M smuggled tobacco rolling papers and 120 cigarette rolling machines seized in western province of Edirne

By Mehtap Yilmaz Ozdemir

ANKARA (AA) – Custom officials seized about 15 million contraband cigarette papers in western Turkey, the country’s Trade Ministry said on Wednesday.

Officials got a tip a shipment of illegal filter-tipped cigarette papers would be brought into the country through the Kapikule border gate in the Edirne province, bordering Bulgaria, said a ministry statement.

After two trucks were identified for X-ray scanning, officials found 14.75 million filter-tipped rolling papers and 120 cigarette rolling machines.

The market value of the contraband is some 2 million Turkish liras ($340,000), said the statement.

*Writing by Davut Demircan