Slovak Customs Seize 4 Million Counterfeit Marlboro Cigarettes

Jul 25 2011 - 13:37

The Slovak customs officials have recently seized more than 4 million cigarettes, packed into Marlboro packets, believed to be counterfeit, in a raid on an illegal tobacco plant in the municipality of Male Blagovo, Slovakia. The officials arrested four Bulgarian and two Slovak citizens, who face up to eight years in prison.

Along with the cigarettes, the officials seized the production equipment and seven tons of raw tobacco. It is estimated that the damage to Slovakia’s budget, had the cigarettes been sold, would have amounted to at least EUR 1 million (USD 1.45 million).

For more information, please contact Jelena Jankovic at our Balkan Regional Office.

Source: Prague Post; Focus Information Agency

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