Final blow to the most important criminal organization in Europe dedicated to the illegal manufacture of tobacco
50 people have been arrested in Romania in the 40 searches carried out in companies and homes in cities such as Iasi, Oradea, Timisoara, Bacau, Constanza, Bucharest, Galat and Sibiu
Agents from the Central Operational Unit of the Civil Guard and OLAF (European Anti-Fraud Office) have worked on the ground in this latest phase of exploitation carried out by the Romanian Border Police after four years of joint investigation
The operation began in 2017, when the Economic Crime group of the Central Operational Unit (UCO) of the Civil Guard, dismantled 4 illegal tobacco factories in Spain and detained 47 people
During this week, components of the Central Operational Unit of the Civil Guard displaced to Romania, participated in the exploitation phase of Operation MATRYOSHKA, developed by the General Inspectorate of the Bucharest Border Police in collaboration with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), and which has allowed the dismantling of the most active international criminal organization in the European Union in terms of the manufacture and distribution of illegal tobacco.