Gi­bral­tar ciggy hauls

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NEWS Staff Reporter PO­LICE and HM Cus­toms of­fi­cers in Gi­bral­tar seized two cig­a­rette ship­ments on con­sec­u­tive nights last week, though in both cases the sus­pects got away.

At 4am on Wed­nes­day, a Royal Gi­bral­tar Po­lice ves­sel chased two rigid-hulled in­flat­able boats that were loaded with to­bacco and head­ing from the Rock’s East­ern Beach to the Span­ish coast­line, said of­fi­cials. The en­gine on one of the boats stalled as the sus­pects fled, but the other boat swooped in and picked up the two crew mem­bers, and es­caped into Span­ish wa­ters.

The aban­doned and swamped boat was re­cov­ered and seized, along with a to­tal of six boxes of Amer­i­can Leg­end cig­a­rettes, some of which had fallen over­board.

Just a day later, in the early hours of Thurs­day, HM Cus­toms of­fi­cers aided by a Royal Gi­bral­tar Po­lice marine crew forced a rigid-hulled in­flat­able boat ashore, but its two oc­cu­pants “aban­doned the ves­sel and cig­a­rettes and made good their es­cape,” said HM Cus­toms of­fi­cials. Of­fi­cers seized the boat and 10 cases of cig­a­rettes.

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