Bhubaneswar: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 80,000 foreign-made cigarette sticks, worth Rs 12 lakh at Bhubaneswar International Airport of Odisha and arrested two passengers on Tuesday morning.
Based on specific intelligence the two were to passengers arrive at Bhubaneswar Airport from Malaysia on the Air Asia Flight AK-31, carrying cigarettes of foreign origin. DRI officials intercepted the two passengers at the Airport.
The officials recovered cigarettes of foreign origin of Marlboro Brands, which were concealed by the two passengers in their checked-in baggage.
During the examination, the DRI officials found that the entire 400 cigarette packets did not contain the prescribed statutory and pictorial warning printed on the packets.
The officials seized the cigarettes, and an investigation is on.
Recently, DRI officials from Bhubaneswar recovered foreign gold biscuits weighing 12.932 kgs, worth around Rs 4.99 crore, from the possession of two train passengers travelling between Rourkela and Jharsuguda of Odisha.