EASTERN EUROPE ILLEGAL TOBACCO FACTORY PRODUCING 2,000 CIGARETTES A MINUTE DISMANTLED

On 11th July, a news release from Europol reported that a joint operation between the Bulgarian National Police and National Customs Agency, the Moldovan Police and the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, with Europol’s co-ordination, has seen the arrest of 12 individuals involved in the illicit trade of tobacco.  The action was conducted against 2 different facilities belonging to the same organised crime group: one site for pre-processing and cutting tobacco and another was a production site.  The illegal factory was able to produce 2,000 cigarettes a minute. The investigation revealed that in just a month criminals produced around 49.4 million cigarettes. The operation resulted in the seizure of 16 million cigarettes.

https://www.europol.europa.eu/newsroom/news/illegal-tobacco-factory-producing-2-000-cigarettes-minute-dismantled

 

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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