The main stuff smuggled across borders in Europe isn`t drugs, but cigarettes. No wonder - with such high tariffs and taxes...... About 300,000 cigarettes and a tonne of tobacco have been seized at an illegal factory near the village of Maslowice, central Poland.
Police have estimated that the Treasury stood to lose over 820,000 zloty (about 200,000 euro) in unpaid duties relating to the haul.
Four people aged between 19 and 52 were detained when officers from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBS) conducted the raid on the property, together with customs officers. The factory was located in former pigsties, with the walls insulated with styrofoam to contain the noise of the production line. “Policemen estimate that such an amount of tobacco could be used to produce about a million cigarettes,” Karol Jakubowski, spokesman for the National Police Headquarters (KGP), told the Polish Press Agency. (nh)