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.
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