Some 60 million in alcohol and tobacco confiscated in first half of 2010

Customs officials confiscated more than 56 million crowns worth of untaxed cigarettes in the first half of 2010, as well as illegal alcohol worth more than 3 million. One of the directors of the customs office told reporters on Thursday that roughly a third of the illegal products had been found during road stops, while the others were discovered when investigating shops. The majority of the cigarettes had been smuggled into the country from Ukraine, followed by Belarus and Russia by citizens of those countries using cars with Czech licence plates to escape the interest of customs officers. Conversely, substantially less cases of illicit cigarette manufacturing within the Czech Republic were uncovered compared to the previous year.