With the support of Eurojust, the Hungarian National Tax and Customs Administration have uncovered an illegal tobacco factory on 12 November.

The factory operated in a warehouse in Budapest, which had been rebuilt to cater to the network’s illegal activities. Its employees were forced to live and work in the factory, locked from outside by the criminal group, primarily Romanian and Moldavian citizens.

Europol provided the authorities with the analytical support to detect the international links and organised operational meetings to set out the strategy.