Spanish police detained 20 suspected members of an organized crime group that ran an illegal cigarette factory in a bunker hidden four meters below the ground at a horse stable near Malaga. Workers inside were locked up for days and almost suffocated due to lack of air.
In a coordinated operation, police from seven European countries arrested 18 suspects of money laundering and illegal trade and storage of around 670 tonnes of tobacco, Europol announced on Tuesday.
Slovakian police detained 45 suspects and seized nearly 13 million cigarettes, 22 tons of tobacco and three illegal tobacco factories in what authorities called the largest illegal cigarette manufacturing bust in Central Europe, the country’s financial authority reported on Wednesday.
A high-profile trial against businessmen, a former minister, and two dozen accomplices shines a spotlight on illicit cigarette production, widespread smuggling, and the government’s struggle to hold its officials accountable.
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Polish police arrested five alleged members of an international organized crime group involved in illegal trade of tobacco and seized over 39 million cigarettes, Europol announced on Wednesday.
Europeans smoked 48 billion illicit cigarettes in 2016, or more than all the legally purchased cigarettes in France that year, a study published on Tuesday claims.
Virginia police announced Friday the indictment of 43 people on more than 743 charges after a two-year, multi-agency investigation into cigarette trafficking, banking fraud and money laundering.
After months of post-poned trials and seven years of litigation, the Belgrade Court of Appeals acquitted controversial businessman Stanko Subotic of cigarette smuggling charges in a final ruling which cannot be appealed by the prosecution.
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