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Cigarette trafficking between Andorra & Toulouse

LanguedocLiving, Aug 26

Several people were arrested in Toulouse last weekend, with more than 700 cartons of tobacco, from Andorra. At around 4:30 am, the police of the anti-crime squad arrested nine people in the area of ​​the boulevard de Suisse in Toulouse, unloading large suitcases on board three cars. Informed by an anonymous call, the police strongly suspected these nine people, eight men and one woman – all of Albanian nationality – of cigarette smuggling.

According to the information collected, no less than 380 cartons of cigarettes and 344 cartons of rolling tobacco were found on site by the investigators. All the packets came from Andorra and were intended to supply the Arnaud-Bernard district, in the centre of Toulouse.

The traffickers walked for four hours through the mountains, and crossed the border on foot so as to try to avoid detection.

Individuals between the ages of 20 and 49 have had extended police custody. At the end of the period, one person was released and another was placed in the administrative detention centre at Cornebarrieu (Haute-Garonne). Seven other people will be summoned later in the district court of Toulouse.

Source: Life in France

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