Papers seized

Customs authorities seized about 15 million contraband cigarette papers in western Turkey, the country’s trade ministry said.

Customs received a tip that a shipment of illegal filter-tipped cigarette papers would be brought into the country through the Kapikule border gate in the Edirne province bordering Bulgaria.

Officials found 14.75 million filter-tipped rolling papers and 120 cigarette rolling machines in two trucks that were flagged for X-ray.

The market value of the contraband product is about TRY2 million ($340,000).