VIDEO: CNMI Destroys Over 200K in Seized Cigarette Sticks

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Guam – The CNMI Division of Customs Services are disposing of over 200,000 cigarette sticks in 1,073 cartons seized from incoming airline passengers because they are either illegal or beyond the allowable amount that could be brought into the Commonwealth.

Customs director Joe Mafnas, however, told Saipan Tribune this is only a fraction of the cigarettes that the agency has confiscated the past year.

Mafnas said they wanted all the cigarettes they’ve confiscated incinerated but that would cost Customs money so they decided to just cut them and soak them in water before turning them in to the Lower Base transfer station and eventually to the Marpi landfill.

While some cigarettes confiscated by Customs are internationally known such as Marlboro, Hope, Philip Morris, Kent, Lucky Strike or Dunhill, some are a bit obscure, among them Yangcheng, Honghe, Lucia, and the like.

 

CNMI destroys over 200K in seized cigarette sticks

 

The CNMI Division of Customs Services are disposing of over 200,000 cigarette sticks in 1,073 cartons seized from incoming airline passengers because they are either illegal or beyond the allowable amount that could be brought into the CNMI.

 

Customs director Joe Mafnas, however, said this is only a fraction of the cigarettes that the agency has confiscated the past year.

 

While some cigarettes are internationally known such as Marlboro, Hope, Philip Morris, Kent, Lucky Strike or Dunhill, some are a bit obscure, among them Yangcheng, Honghe, Lucia, and the like.

 

Mafnas said they wanted all the cigarettes they’ve confiscated incinerated but that would cost Customs money so they decided to just cut them and soak them in water before turning them in to the Lower Base transfer station and eventually to the Marpi landfill.

 

 

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