Yesterday, the Gdańsk Bureau of the Polish Central Bureau of Investigation (CBŚP), in cooperation with the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Gdańsk and with the support of Europol, thwarted an attempt to smuggle cigarettes worth 18 million PLN. The smugglers were trying to transport the illegal goods to the UK.
The smuggling attempt was thwarted when two Polish registered lorries from the same company were stopped. After being scanned and examined further, one of the vehicles was found to be carrying 3.2 million illegal cigarettes, stored in 18 large boxes.
The actions of the customs services have starved the criminals of the proceeds of their criminality. The illegal cigarette market cheats honest traders and is effectively stealing from the public purse.