Classics Gironde. Dismantling of a tobacco smuggling and pimping network

18:45  04 december  2020
18:45  04 december  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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15,5 tonnes of tobacco ; Two illegal cigarette production lines dismantled in Poland and Spain. The modus operandi of the organised crime group involved using tomatoes cargos to smuggle hashish from one country to another. Apart from Spain and Poland, the criminal network was also conducting its

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150 gendarmes et officiers de douane judiciaire ont été mobilisés. © JEROME FOUQUET / OUEST-FRANCE 150 gendarmes and judicial customs officers were mobilized.

After a large-scale operation, a network of tobacco smuggling and pimping between Bulgaria and France was dismantled in Bordeaux. Six people were indicted.

Six people were indicted, two of them imprisoned, Wednesday and Thursday at Bordeaux , after the dismantling of a network mainly concerned with trafficking in cigarettes, but also pimping, between France and Bulgaria , the gendarmerie announced on Friday, December 4.

The six Bulgarians referred, five men and a woman aged between 21 and 70, were indicted for criminal conspiracy, importation and smuggling of manufactured tobacco and organized gang of manufactured tobacco, fraudulent retail sale in organized groups of manufactured tobacco . One of the suspects was also indicted for money laundering, organized gang concealment and aggravated pimping.

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Tobacco smuggling was costing over £3bn a year in lost tax revenue. 1.2 In response to this rapid growth in smuggling , in Budget 2000 the This additional capability was further enhanced by the deployment of a national network of scanners to detect high volume smuggling in freight containers.

Likewise, tobacco smuggling can have an impact on health policies, as it can be difficult to regulate health warnings and conditions of sale Moreover, unbiased estimates of smuggling , and the change in smuggling over time, are essential tools to evaluate the success of many tobacco control policies.

Another person was arrested in Bulgaria on a European arrest warrant.

Large-scale operation

The removals follow a large-scale operation, with some 150 gendarmes and judicial customs officers engaged, launched simultaneously on Monday in France (Bordeaux and Moissac in Tarn-et-Garonne) and in Bulgaria, in the occasion of a new smuggling of tobacco. It led to eleven arrests in total, including several in an encampment located in a disused hangar in Bordeaux, made available by the town hall following the recent evacuation of a squat.

The operation, said the gendarmerie, was the culmination of an investigation lasting several months, started in February 2019, with the follow-up by the gendarmerie of a Bulgarian involved in the concealment of burglary objects in the Landes. The investigations had revealed the routing by the suspect, from Bulgaria, of young women prostituting themselves in Bordeaux, and of contraband cigarettes. The profit of this smuggling is estimated between 200,000 and 400,000 €.

Some € 90,000 in cash, eight vehicles and 650 cartons of cigarettes were also seized, as must have been several real estate in Bulgaria, investments by which the funds were laundered.

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