Dismantled an organization specialized in the manufacture and fraudulent commercialization of tobacco between Spain and Portugal
A total of 59 records have been made in Portugal and 4 in Spain, in which more than 11 tons of raw tobacco have been intervened, various material for processing and packaging
Joint operation of the Civil Guard, the Tax Agency, the National Republican Guard of Portugal and EUROPOL, in collaboration with the National Police
In a joint operation of the Civil Guard together with the Tax Agency, the National Republican Guard of Portugal (GNR) and EUROPOL, which has had the collaboration of the National Police, has dismantled an organization specialized in the fraudulent manufacture and commercialization of tobacco between Spain and Portugal.
The investigation began when the agents were able to verify how a person was introducing large quantities of raw tobacco for its subsequent treatment and distribution in different parts of the Iberian Peninsula, all without having the relevant authorizations for this type of commercial activity and avoiding with all the health and tax controls on the activity.
Continuing with the investigations, it was possible to verify how this person had established in a town in the province of Zamora an intermediate logistics center for the distribution of the merchandise between Spain and the Portuguese country, which allowed him to receive the merchandise, thus making it difficult to control by the Portuguese authorities who were investigating him, maintaining a tobacco treatment point in the town of Villoruela (Salamanca).
Police cooperation between authorities from different countries, especially between Spain and Portugal, made it possible to discover how a citizen of Portuguese nationality, was being investigated in his country of origin for similar events, maintained a stable business relationship with the person under investigation in Spain.
As a consequence of all this, a joint operation was carried out in both countries, making a total of 59 registrations in Portugal and 4 in Spain, in which more than 11 tons of raw tobacco, various material for its processing and processing, have been intervened. packaging, as well as substances to flavor the tobacco, this tobacco being susceptible to being diverted for the clandestine manufacture of cigarettes, supposing a significant damage to the Public Treasury.
It should be noted that the person who had established in a town in the province of Zamora an intermediate logistics center for the distribution of merchandise between Spain and the Portuguese country, is also charged with an alleged drug trafficking crime as a result of the discovery during the search. from your home of 10 kilograms of marijuana.
A cross-border criminal organization dedicated to the fraudulent manufacture and marketing of tobacco products is considered dismantled, in addition to putting an end to tax fraud committed with this type of business.
The operation has been carried out by the Civil Guard, the Tax Agency, the National Republican Guard of Portugal (GNR) and EUROPOL, in collaboration with the National Police.
For more information, you can contact the Peripheral Communication Office of the Civil Guard in Salamanca on the phone 923127200 ext 456 or 680430173.