By John Smith • 31 August 2020 • 10:53
ALTHOUGH it is often claimed that Andorra and Gibraltar are the main areas where cigarettes and tobacco are smuggled into Spain, there is a huge illegal manufacturing industry in the Country itself.
The Guardia Civil in the aptly named Aromas del Bosque operation have arrested 12 people allegedly involved in the illegal production and distribution of tobacco products and 34,800 kilos of tobacco as well as 26,000 packs of cigarettes worth €600,000 have been seized.
This clandestine operation involved a group that operated the provinces of Cadiz, Malaga, Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada and investigations have been ongoing since 2019.
According to the investigation, an element of pre-packed tobacco had been illegally exported from Gibraltar although the bulk of the product was ‘home produced’ in Spain and much was sold online through different warehouses scattered across Andalucia.
In addition to the pre-packed tobacco, it is claimed that the cigarettes which were seized also emanated on the Rock despite actions by the Gibraltar Customs and Government to stamp on illegal smuggling of tobacco across the border.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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