4.78 million euro package of illegal cigarettes seized


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In an operation organized by the Polish police, approximately 4.78 million euros of smuggled cigarettes were seized. It was stated that the market value of cigarettes was 22 million Polish zloty (4.78 million euro), and 9 people, including Slovenian and Ukrainian citizens, were arrested.

Polish police seized nearly 19 million packets of contraband cigarettes during operations with the Central Bureau of Investigation (Centralne Biuro Sledcze Policji), customs, and tax administration officials.

Officials first raided a warehouse in the city of Grojec, near Warsaw. Nearly 15 million smuggled cigarettes, hidden behind cartons containing glassware, were seized in the truck parked in front of the warehouse.

The truck driver, a 61-year-old Slovenian citizen, was detained, while officers searched other vehicles in front of the warehouse and seized 2 million packets of cigarettes. Three other people, one polish and two Ukrainian citizens were detained, while nearly 17 million packets of cigarettes were confiscated.


The market value of cigarettes was about 20 million zlotys (€4.35 million). Another team from the Police Central Bureau of Investigation reportedly conducted an operation at a warehouse in the southern city of Katowice.


During a search, officers seized nearly 2 million packets of contraband cigarettes and detained five people. The confiscated cigarettes were reportedly worth about 2,000 zlotys (€435,000), while 385,000 zlotys and 150,000 zloty vehicles were reportedly confiscated.


Nine people detained in both operations were arrested and sent to prison for three months.

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