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Greek Police Dismantles Contraband Cigarette Ring

Greek police dismantled a huge contraband cigarette ring with 22 operating premises and confiscated tons of tobacco products in Attica. After months of investigating the criminal organization, police raided various points across Attica on Thursday and found two factories manufacturing...

Black-Market Cigarettes Cost Greece €600Μ

Around 4.6 billion contraband cigarettes are sold in Greece every year costing the state €600 million ($741 million) in lost taxes. The claim was made at a conference involving Transparency International, the General Secretariat on Corruption, Europol, the Economic Crime...

Contraband Cigarettes Cost Greece up to €1 Billion per Year

As no Greek government has managed so far to banish smoking in public places, the State is losing close to 1 billion euros every year from the sale of contraband tobacco and cigarettes. Tax raises and special levies on cigarettes...

Organized Crime in Greece Generates €3.6 Bln a Year

Organized crime in Greece generates a little under 3.6 billion euros per year, with contraband products playing a major part, according to a European Commission study. According to the report titled "From Illegal Markets to Legitimate Businesses: The Portfolio of...

Contraband Tobacco Costs Greece Up to €1 Billion a Year

The Greek government is losing up to 1 billion euros every year from the sale of contraband cigarettes and tobacco. Last year, Greece lost an estimated 740 million euros in revenue, up from 565 million euros in 2013. The figures...

565 Million Lost in Taxes from Contraband Cigarettes

A study conducted by KPMG in all countries of the European Union on behalf of British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International showed that illicit trade of cigarettes has increased in Greece.  More specifically, the illicit trade...

Customs Officers Seize 13M Cigarettes

Bulgarian customs officers at the Kulata border crossing point confiscated  record 13 million contraband cigarettes on the night of Nov. 13, the most ever seized there in the volume of cigarettes carried on a truck, according to reports of...