Illegal tobacco factory dismantled in Hungary

A news release from Europol on 12 November advised that 6 million cigarettes and enough tobacco to produce 21 million cigarettes have been found in an illegal factory in Budapest, and  customs officers arrested 20 factory employees and the ringleaders behind the operation. The criminal group – primarily Romanian and Moldavian citizens – sourced their materials from abroad, such as machines, tobacco, filters, cigarette papers and cigarette packs.  Some of the material was stored in Hungary and used in the dismantled factory; the rest was sent abroad. Officers found one assembly line in operation and another under construction. They also discovered apparatus for tobacco cutting, fermentation and cigarette packing. In total, investigators found 6 million cigarettes and 35 tonnes of fine-cut smoking tobacco – enough for another 21 million cigarettes – in the factory.  A further 300 kg of tobacco powder was also found during the operation (1 kg of tobacco powder can make around 3 million cigarettes).

https://www.europol.europa.eu/newsroom/news/illegal-tobacco-factory-dismantled-in-hungary

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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