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465,500 Seized snuff boxes of contraband hidden in a container from China (12/08/2013)

The transaction is settled with the arrest of ten people and the involvement of a large truck, foreign registered, that the organization was ready to take the stash out of Spain

The snuff was hidden in a large container behind a screen of legal merchandise boxes preventing its discovery in a simple inspection door opening

The Civil Guard have seized the tax on snuff Murcia 465,500 packs of contraband were hidden in a container from Chiwan, China.

The result of the same operation, we proceeded to the arrest of ten people and the intervention of a truck that was to be used by the organization to transport illegal goods outside Spain.

The operation started last July 24 with the arrival of the container at the Port of Valencia.

After a series of preliminary investigations, the goods is given to highly suspect profile and in the morning of day 7, in order to identify the possible smuggling organization, we decided to authorize the removal of the port of Valencia in this container large dimensions, whose charge was to be delivered to the town of Fortuna (Murcia) that day.

In parallel to the authorization to leave the port, unfolded a device control set Guardia Civil and Customs of the tax, in order to find the final destination of the container and check if the goods had been declared in the Customs for import, slippers, was the true contents of the container, or if, as suspected, inside the snuff was carrying contraband, in which case proceed to the arrest of those responsible for trafficking.

Once on site, after allowing a time to ensure that the container was not monitored, smugglers instructed the truck driver to discharge to a nearby store, where they were surprised by members of the Guardia Civil and Customs when they had started refilling snuff container smuggling from another large truck registered abroad, possibly to move quickly out of Spain, as the legends of the packs were in French.

At that time also proceeded without resistance to the arrest of a total of ten suspected smugglers, eight of them Polish (two of Asian origin) and two Spanish.

Snuff forged with a market value exceeding EUR 2,200,000

Moments later gave notice to the competent judicial authority and, simultaneously, also transfer the snuff was arrested for filing and custody Altadis facilities in the area, which threw count the amount of 465,500 packs of the brand 'Marlboro' .

The snuff, allegedly forged, has a market value in excess of 2,200,000 euros.

The police investigation of prosecution remains open and both detainees and the vehicle were seized and put to justice.

Participated in the operation effective Customs Surveillance Tax Agency, and the Guardia Civil, the provinces of Valencia, Murcia and Alicante.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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