Córdoba Tobacco Counterfeiting Network Broken Up By Guardia Civil

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Córdoba Tobacco Counterfeiting Network Is Broken Up By The Guardia Civil

The Guardia Civil has reported recently conducted ‘Operation Sanforo’, in which they snared and broke up a criminal gang in Córdoba responsible for the forgery and distribution of tobacco, seizing 494,500 packs of counterfeit tobacco in a warehouse of an industrial estate in Córdoba capital, as reported by elmira.es.

In a press release, the Guardia Civil said the alleged perpetrator of the crime of smuggling, and another against industrial property for forgery of  tobacco, was a resident of the Cordovan town of Santaella.

They had put the suspect under surveillance since the start of the year after the Organised Crime and Anti-Drug Team (EDOA) of the Guardia Civil had detected that a group of people could be involved.

After an “arduous and complex” investigation process, the officers managed to establish that the group was using a warehouse located in an industrial estate in Córdoba for the storage of large quantities of tobacco and then proceeding to distribute it to smaller-scale logistics centres.

The EDOA identified a lorry that was carrying out unloading activities in one of the warehouses, using lookouts and highly suspicious actions, when after the unloading was completed one man seemed to continue as a lookout, which made the officers suspect that some type of illegal merchandise might be being stored inside the warehouse.

A raid of the premises seized 33 pallets containing a total of 494,500 packs of counterfeit tobacco from two well-known brands, which were seized, with a market value of €2,178,900, and the man inside the warehouse at the time of the raid was arrested, with the police saying further arrests have not been ruled out.


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