Authorities from seven European countries have dismantled on 28 October an international organised crime group involved in the large scale illegal trade of tobacco. The operation was performed with the support of Eurojust, Europol and the European anti-fraud office OLAF.
18 persons from different nationalities have been arrested. They are suspected of money laundering and the illegal trade and storage of around 670.000 kilos of tobacco.
Eurojust set up a coordination centre during the action day and provided assistance with the issuing of European Investigation Orders and European Arrest Warrants, while Europol organised regular meetings between the authorities at its headquarters.
As a result of the international cooperation, illegal cigarette factories have been dismantled in Poland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, whose operators had close links to the criminals who have been arrested.