Add link Tobacco.The German customs, it is in over two years of joint investigative work with investigators in Belgium and Greece and have managed to minimize the organized smuggling of cigarettes and specialized criminal association in order to dismantle Europe-wide in total of 640 million untaxed cigarettes .
The structure is completed investigated, which in Germany alone lead to 79 defendants, initiated by the Prosecutor Oldenburg. A separate proceeding from this current investigation is lead by the Brunswick prosecutor .
The Customs noted in Germany in 2007, a total of 465 million of cigarettes legaly entering the country (2006: 415 million).
Now in a single complex investigation they seized a total amount of 640 million cigarettes, which underscores the potential of this is attributable to organized crime perpetrators grouping. Of this, a total of 260 million cigarettes in this complex investigation and further 380 million when apprehended, the perpetrators of this grouping is also attributed. This magnitude shows that the perpetrators of a non-negligible risk to the revenue of the EU Member States is expected. Only the proper taxation of cigarettes seized from tax revenue would be about 100 million euros.