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Police checking Cypriot link to Greek illegal cigarette factory

One of the cigarette making machines at the factory

Greek authorities are working with their Cypriot counterparts to determine whether an elderly couple are the leaders of an organisation which operated one of the biggest factories of illicit cigarettes busted by police in Mesoyia Attikis on Saturday.

The couple, a man aged 82 and his 76-year-old wife, are of Cypriot descent and are so far considered to be the leaders of the organisation.

The Cyprus News Agency said Greek authorities are in contact with Cypriot police to determine whether the couple were acting on behalf of a third person, possibly a non-European national.

Greek police have arrested 18 individuals in connection with the case, including a third Cypriot.

Greece’s state television ERT reported that the ring imported the tobacco from Bulgaria, Italy and Romania and exported the cigarettes in shipping containers to central Europe.

ERT said the loss incurred by the Greek state in the form of taxes was estimated at €5m.

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