Millions of illegal cigarettes seized in Breda

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Dutch authorities confiscated the rough equivalent of 2 million packs of cigarettes from a warehouse in Breda.

The Hague – Tax authorities seized 38 million illegal cigarettes in a Breda warehouse, announced the ministry of finance Wednesday.

It was the largest amount of cigarettes confiscated at one time by the economic and fiscal control service, FIOD-ECD.

The contraband cigarettes have since been destroyed.

The cigarettes were most likely headed for the British market, according to a finance ministry press release.

The ministry believed that cigarettes were smuggled from the Breda warehouse to the British Isles in small amounts. Authorities did not say how long this operation may have taken place.

Sale of the confiscated cigarettes on the domestic market would bring EUR 6.5 million in tax revenue to the Dutch treasury.

A truck was also seized by authorities in the same operation.

The sting was made possible through tight co-operation with Belgian and British authorities. 

Earlier in July, 22 million cigarettes were confiscated in a warehouse in Zwaag. That brings the total confiscated cigarettes in July to 60 million.

Over 144 million illegal cigarettes, or 7.6 million packs, were seized by Dutch authorities in 2009.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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