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Transjordan Royal Car Used to Smuggle Contraband American Goods into Palestine

May 14, 1947
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A substantial store of contraband goods, most of it believed of United States origin, has been uncovered by the Palestine police in an automobile belonging to a member of the entourage of King Abdullah of Transjordan. The car containing the smuggled commodities, which included almost 300 pairs of nylon stockings, 277 cigaret lighters and 350 pairs of cigarettes, was parked in a local garage. Two occupants of the vehicle were briefly detained by the police and then escorted to the Transjordan frontier.

In the past, there have been many instances of contraband American goods reaching here by way of Transjordan. Palestinians find difficulty in buying American articles, because of dollar credits blocked by the British. As a result, these goods, which are permitted to be sold in Transjordan, are sometimes smuggled across the border into Palestine, where they bring fantastic prices.

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