Brothers claim 40,000 cigarettes ‘for personal use’

Two brothers from southern Sweden have been jailed for a month after a court failed to believe that 40,000 cigarettes brought into the country were for their personal use.

The cigarettes were thrown off a ferry from Lithuania arriving in the port of Stilleryd. One of the brothers rowed out in an rubber dinghy to collect them, while the other waited on land and received them. Unfortunately for the brothers, from Karlshamn, customs officers were on their trail.

When customs officials confronted one of the brothers, he claimed the cigarettes were for his own use, but admitted that he planned to sell a number of cartons for 120 kronor each to friends.

As well as sentencing the men to prison, the court confiscated their boat.