A 60 year old man travelling from Lanzarote to Exeter on the 14th January 2010 was caught with more than 14,000 cigarettes (70 cartons) and 23 kilos of tobacco when he landed in the UK. The customs officers found the goods packed in his suitcase and golf bag, the goods were seized and the man was released after an official warning, repeat offenders are prosecuted.
The above is a common problem, cigarettes are considerably cheaper to purchase in Lanzarote than the UK, these kinds of quantities are not for personal use but selling on the black market and for those willing to take the risk there is a good profit margin. HM Customs calculated they would have lost £5,500 in duty on these cigarettes and tobacco. Just taking the cigarettes into account, these would have cost the purchaser somewhere in the region of €8 - €20 Euros per carton which equates to €560 - €1,400 a substantial loss with the confiscation but is this enough to discourage the smugglers?