Sunday, November 04, 2007

Greek customs officers smuggle cigarettes through Macedonia

Three customs officers of Greece have been charged with involvement in major cigarette smuggling operation.

According to Greek official, the three customs officers have inflicted approximately 100 million loss to state budget.

The smuggling was unearthed by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) investigators, who had uncovered a non-licensed cigarette manufacturing plant in Austria few months ago.

The investigators found that 54 trucks packed with cigarettes, cigarette paper and filters had crossed Greek border and entered Kosovo via Kukus (Kilkis) border crossing.

The investigators keep a watchful eye on the Border crossing of Kilkis amid allegations of smuggling Chinese goods to Macedonia.

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