Nearly 50 cartons of cigarettes seized in a night grocery store in the Cévennes

Nearly 50 cartons of cigarettes seized in a night grocery store in the Cévennes

Les policiers ont saisi une cinquantaine de cartouches de cigarettes (Illustration) Midi Libre – Vincent ANDORRA

Le commerçant convoqué devant la justice. L'épicerie risque une fermeture administrative.

This Tuesday evening, a major police operation was organized to carry out night checks on grocery stores in downtown Alès. Between national civil servants and Alès municipal police officers, around fifteen police officers took part in this operation.

A first establishment controlled but in the crosshairs of investigators turned out to be compliant. It was in the next business that the police hit the mark.

Located in the Cévennes district, the grocery store is well known to services. It has already been the subject of an administrative closure for a month for illicit tobacco trade. A customer is arrested as he leaves the business. He admits to having bought a pack of cigarettes for 5 €.

The police comb the establishment and find several cartridges hidden in the false ceiling. Other packages were found in the manager’s vehicle. It was tobacco from Andorra. The packages were sold between 5 and 8 €.

In total, the police seized more than 470 packages, or around fifty cartridges. The trader should appear before the criminal court for a guilty plea hearing (CRPC) while awaiting a customs fine as well as a possible administrative closure.

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