Customs seized upwards of €52,500 in undeclared cash, 30,800 contraband cigarettes, and several packages of drugs.
Two passengers boarding the ferry to Sicily were stopped after canine Charlie indicated that an Italian passenger had undeclared cash.
The passenger stated that he had around €5,000 to €7,000 in cash, but investigations revealed a total of €11,760.
A second passenger was also stopped. A Syrian man travelling by ferry said he was carrying less than €10,000. In fact, however, he was carrying up to €10,990.
Two other passengers were stopped at the Malta International Airport, with a Ghanaian man carrying €19,091 on the person and a Burmese national carrying €270 and $12,475.
30,825 cigarettes were seized from an Msida shop, a private residence and garages in Zejtun. The Zejtun garage alone yielded 13,800 Business Royals Red, all found without an excise stamp.
Customs officials at the UPS Bond seized two parcels after canine Stan made a positive indication. The packages contained 2.65kg of cannabis between them. Another package addressed to a St Julian’s residence had suspected cannabis seeds.
Another two small plastic bags contained more suspected seeds and magic mushrooms. Some of the the drugs were hidden in what appeared to be a doll skirt attached to a playing card.