Cigarette smuggling arrest

The police found eight thousand nine hundred packs of contraband cigarettes in a warehouse in the home of a foreigner, a resident of Xanthi, and arrested him.

Greek consumers smoked more smuggled cigarettes in 2018 than all other Europeans, according to a Stella KPMG report released Thursday in Athens. Moreover, every fourth cigarette smoked was contraband.

The man was prosecuted for violation of the customs code, since the corresponding taxes and duties were not paid for the goods he was selling (and which was confiscated).

The case has been transferred to Prosecutor Xanthi. Law enforcement agencies are conducting a preliminary investigation.

Only facts

Greek consumers smoked more smuggled cigarettes in 2018 than all other Europeans, according to a Stella KPMG report released Thursday in Athens. Moreover, every fourth cigarette smoked was contraband.

Of the 43.6 billion illegal cigarettes smoked in the European Union last year, 3.9 billion were in Greece, where 23.6% of cigarettes smoked were smuggled, up 5.6 percentage points from 2017. This means that the level of illicit cigarettes in Greece was almost three times the EU average (8.6%).

According to Stella KPMG, presented at the conference on the trade of illicit cigarettes, the desire of consumers to use smuggled tobacco threatens not only their health, but also the state’s revenues: last year, smuggled cigarettes in the form of lost taxes cost the Greek budget 700 million euros, an increase of 40% compared to € 500 million in lost income in 2017. All in all, in the European Union, smuggled cigarettes lead to a shortfall in the state budget of up to 10 billion euros annually.

Stella KPMG also found that around 2.6 billion illegal cigarettes were produced in Greece, of which 1 billion are counterfeit products that are manufactured and sold illegally. The remaining 1.6 billion are so-called “illegal white” cigarettes, which are produced legally in Greece, but exported to other EU countries, without paying taxes and duties in the recipient countries.

PS One cunning figure, selling smuggled tobacco products at the door of one of the universities of Athens, made a profit of up to 3000 euros per day.

Here is this cautionary tale with a bad ending.

During a police raid at the Athens University of Economics and Business, police detained a man supplying counterfeit cigarettes to traders on the campus and surrounding streets.

Earlier it became known that a police raid took place at the Athens University of Economics and Business, which became possible after the adoption of a law on the removal of extraterritoriality from Greek universities.

During the raid, police arrested a wholesale cigarette supplier who was distributing counterfeit products to street vendors. According to the police, the 37-year-old man sold more than 1,500 packs of smuggled cigarettes daily through a network of street vendors, with a daily turnover of 3,000 euros.

The arrest was carried out by the Athens Police Department for Combating Smuggled Products after the discovery and confiscation of products in a house in the Kaminia area (Piraeus).

In a warehouse owned by a 37-year-old man, about 16,000 packs of smuggled cigarettes, 2,000 packs of smuggled tobacco and a car used by the detainee to transport them were found and seized.

His arrest and tracing of the warehouse was preceded by a methodical investigation that established his activities in the field of illegal circulation and smuggling of cigarettes and, mainly, in the supply of goods sold on the territory of the Athens University of Economics and Business.

The investigation data show his “professional” involvement in illegal activities, so the investigation continues to reveal the full extent of his illegal activities and connections with other smugglers.

Of the 43.6 billion illegal cigarettes smoked in the European Union last year, 3.9 billion were in Greece, where 23.6% of cigarettes smoked were smuggled, up 5.6 percentage points from 2017. This means that the level of illicit cigarettes in Greece was almost three times the EU average (8.6%).

According to Stella KPMG, presented at the conference on the trade of illicit cigarettes, the desire of consumers to use smuggled tobacco threatens not only their health, but also the state’s revenues: last year, smuggled cigarettes in the form of lost taxes cost the Greek budget 700 million euros, an increase of 40% compared to € 500 million in lost income in 2017. All in all, in the European Union, smuggled cigarettes lead to a shortfall in the state budget of up to 10 billion euros annually.

Stella KPMG also found that around 2.6 billion illegal cigarettes were produced in Greece, of which 1 billion are counterfeit products that are manufactured and sold illegally. The remaining 1.6 billion are so-called “illegal white” cigarettes, which are produced legally in Greece, but exported to other EU countries, without paying taxes and duties in the recipient countries.

PS One cunning figure, selling smuggled tobacco products at the door of one of the universities of Athens, made a profit of up to 3000 euros per day.

Here is this cautionary tale with a bad ending.

During a police raid at the Athens University of Economics and Business, police detained a man supplying counterfeit cigarettes to traders on the campus and surrounding streets.

Earlier it became known that a police raid took place at the Athens University of Economics and Business, which became possible after the adoption of a law on the removal of extraterritoriality from Greek universities.

During the raid, police arrested a wholesale cigarette supplier who was distributing counterfeit products to street vendors. According to the police, the 37-year-old man sold more than 1,500 packs of smuggled cigarettes daily through a network of street vendors, with a daily turnover of 3,000 euros.

The arrest was carried out by the Athens Police Department for Combating Smuggled Products, following the discovery and confiscation of products in a house in the Kaminia area (Piraeus).

In a warehouse owned by a 37-year-old man, about 16,000 packs of smuggled cigarettes, 2,000 packs of smuggled tobacco and a car used by the detainee to transport them were found and seized.

His arrest and tracing of the warehouse was preceded by a methodical investigation that established his activities in the field of illegal circulation and smuggling of cigarettes and, mainly, in the supply of goods sold on the territory of the Athens University of Economics and Business.

The investigation data show his “professional” involvement in illegal activities, so the investigation continues to reveal the full extent of his illegal activities and connections with other smugglers.

Earlier it became known that a police raid took place at the Athens University of Economics and Business, which became possible after the adoption of a law on the removal of extraterritoriality from Greek universities.





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