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Man busted trafficking over six tonnes in cigarettes

Load hidden under stacks of watermelons

Man busted trafficking over six tonnes in cigarettes

Bari, July 16 - Customs officers and finance police arrested a 37-year-old man in the southern port city of Bari on Tuesday after discovering six tonnes of contraband cigarettes hidden in the the semi-trailer he was driving. Lucio Giannone was caught with 29,927 cartons of cigarettes hidden under a load of watermelons he was importing from Greece. The man's nervous behaviour tipped off police, authorities said. The illegal merchandise is worth more than a million and a half euros, police said. Giannone was arrested and the vehicle confiscated.

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