Regulatory News

In the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, the Federal Highway Police carried out the second largest seizure of contraband cigarettes this year in Brazil. The shipment, valued at R$12 million (US$3.71 million), was being transported in five double trucks. Four drivers were arrested and the fifth escaped.

According to police, there were at least 90 boxes, which totaled about 2,250,000 packs in each truck. Investigations indicate that the product was placed in the trucks on the border with Paraguay with a destination to the city of Rondonópolis, in Mato Grosso. The seizure was only surpassed by one that occurred in January, when six trucks with 2.4 million packets of cigarettes were intercepted in Mato Grosso do Sul.

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