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Traveller caught with cigarettes hidden in coffee

A man who hid 50 cartons of cigarettes inside commercially packaged coffee boxes, was fined $1,637.93 after pleading guilty to smuggling in Richmond provincial court last Friday.

Van Phu Do returned to Vancouver International Airport on June 1 of this year following a trip to Vietnam, and his luggage was examined by Canada Border Services Agency officers.

The cigarettes were seized with no terms for release, according to agency spokesperson Stefanie Wudel.

The amount of the fine is equivalent to the federal duties and taxes that Do evaded.

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