LRA hands over smuggled cigarettes to S/Leone Customs – FrontPageAfrica

Monrovia – The Anti-Smuggling Unit (ASIU) of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has handed over more than 70 cartons of contraband cigarettes to its Sierra Leonean counterpart.

LRA anti-smuggling supervisor Abel Sneh said Liberian immigration officers seized the Ronson cigarette, only to be sold in Sierra Leone, while patrolling the banks of the Mano River in the county of Grand Cape Mount.

The cartons of cigarettes were handed over to the collector in Jendema in Sierra Leone on Friday 30 September.

Sneh said smuggling the product into Liberia violates the country’s Revenue Code and international laws such as customs cooperation under the Nairobi Convention.

He stressed the need for more vital border collaboration between the customs authorities of the two countries to minimize smuggling.

This is the fourth time the LRA has seized and handed over illegal goods to its Sierra Leonean counterpart.

Meanwhile, Jendema Customs Collectorate Supervisor James Inah thanked Joint Security for the level of collaboration in running the two border crossings.

He said items received from the LRA would be duly reported to the relevant authority and appropriate measures would be taken to combat smuggling.

Ineh thanked the LRA for the good collaboration as the two countries strive to protect citizens within their respective borders while raising revenue for national growth and development.

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