Police break up two gangs

TAGS: Crime

A gang distributing large quantities of contraband cigarettes in Greece has been unraveled, police said Thursday. 

According to Attica Police Chief Christos Papazafiris, more than 16 million cigarettes and 4 tons of tobacco were confiscated.

The amount of money in lost tax and levy revenues, he said, amounted to more than 5 million euros.

Two Romanian nationals, aged 39 and 36, have been arrested in Aspropyrgos, while five Greeks, aged 37, 47, 50, 56 and 84, are also facing charges.

Another gang that had carried out more than 100 robberies across Attica was also broken up Thursday.

Police are investigating a suspected link between the latter gang and the attempted murder of a police officer in November 2015 in the region of Avlida on Evia.

Seven people aged between 21 and 41 were arrested during house raids conducted in Athens suburbs Ano Liosia and Acharnes.