Racket smuggling contraband cigarettes through post smashed

Police in Thessaloniki said on Wednesday that they had smashed a criminal racket alleged to have smuggled thousands of packets of contraband cigarettes into Greece from Armenia by mail, cheating authorities out of an undetermined sum in customs charges and tariffs.

Police arrested three Armenian nationals, aged 25, 28 and 54, and a 41-year-old ethnic Greek from the former Soviet Union after catching two of the suspects in the act of collecting a package with contraband goods at a post office in Neapoli on Monday.

A subsequent search on the suspects’ homes turned up 3,545 packets of contraband cigarettes.