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Police confiscated Smuggled jewel worth TOP$230,000

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 17/03/2017

Police have confiscated 6 different commodities believed to be smuggled through the borders, worth more than TOP$200,000

This includes:

– Uncustomed jewel items or goods that evaded proper customs fees worth over TOP$230,000

– Cash and cheques over TOP$6,500

– Herbal medications

– Electronic devices

– One firearm

– 1480 ammunitions

Information from CEO of Customs ‘Anisi Bloomfield says these jewellery items including 9 – 22 karat gold jewellery, diamonds and pearls were located at the dwelling house with price tags varying from TOP$100 – TOP$1600.

It is alleged that these un-customed items were of Asian origin and were smuggled into the country through passengers of commercial flights without declaring at the border.

The total duty evaded by this company is approximately TOP$80,000.

This business has been operating for more than 6 years but has no Customs records of imports of jewellery by the business or its owners.

This was a combined operation between Tonga Police and Customs called the OPERATION SPARKLING.

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