Elements of the Customs Department are reported to have seized a consignment of over 5000Kg of contraband sugar from traffickers in Mora, in the Far North Region.
The large consignment is said to have been impounded March 7. According to the Custom Communication service, the cargo was contained in 48 bags and is believed to have been produced and transported illegally into Cameroon from Nigeria.
Customs officers who carried out the operation are also said to have impounded two other vehicles without custom clearance.
In that same period, three boxes of pharmaceutical products, filled with mostly expired medication were seized in Maroua.
A similar operation carried in Kousseri also led to several arrests and impoundments. These seizures fall in line with the custom’s reinforcement of surveillance and crackdown in 2022, against illicit trading in Cameroon.
More of such operations have been promised by the Customs officials. They have vowed to eliminate illicit trading in the country. The officers said the practice has been a major economic disadvantage for Cameroon.