Three illegal tobacco factories with the capacity to produce more than 18,000 cigarettes per minute dismantled
More than 43 tons of tobacco cut and leaf, 1,443,000 packs, as well as machinery to carry out the complete manufacturing and packaging process have been seized, with up to 14 different brands of counterfeit tobacco having been recorded.
All these infrastructures dismantled in the provinces of Madrid, Murcia and Alicante, belonged to a criminal organization of Bulgarian origin, which is considered dismantled in Spain after the arrest of 38 of its members
This organization supplied both the national and international markets, for which it also had several warehouses to store the raw material, as well as large-tonnage trailers loaded with the final product, parked in truck parking lots.
The Civil Guard, the National Police and the Tax Agency have dismantled three illegal tobacco factories located in the provinces of Madrid, Murcia and Alicante, which together had a production capacity of about 18,000 cigarettes per minute. With this action, 23 illegal cigarette factories have been deactivated to date in Spain.
In what has been called operation TERVEL-CENTINELA, 38 people have been arrested, which is considered dismantled the structure in Spain of a highly specialized organization with a great logistical capacity that, under the direction of Bulgarian citizens , supplied the national and international black market with up to 14 different brands of counterfeit tobacco.