Armed Forces (AFM) this morning seized a considerable number of contraband cigarettes. A statement released later said the AFM noted at a boat in Maltese territorial waters at sunrise which was acting suspiciously.
Armed Forces officials boarded the boat which was just off the coast with the resultant search yielding 42 boxes of cigarettes, each box containing 500 packets resulting in a total of 10,000 cigarettes in each box.
Because of the great number of cigarettes, AFM escorted the boat to shore and reported the matter to the Police Authorities and Customs who seized the contents and detained the crew. All is under investigation by the Police.