Six held in connection with cigarette smuggling

Officers of the Finance Ministry?s Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) said on Friday that they had arrested four Greeks and two Cypriots in connection with two separate cases of counterfeit cigarette smuggling believed to have cost the state millions of euros in lost taxes and customs charges.

In the first case, the four Greeks were arrested after a raid on a warehouse in Megara, western Attica, turned up 16 containers filled with cigarettes believed to have been illegally smuggled into the country, thus evading 31 million euros in taxes and customs levies.

The second case, involving the Cypriots, involved 21 containers filled with counterfeit tobacco from a warehouse in Piraeus while the taxes and customs levies avoided amount to 38 million euros.

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