Intelligence indicated that an organised crime group was using drivers, working for a legitimate transport company, to smuggle illicit tobacco products into the UK. The drivers stopped in Luxembourg en route to the UK to load up with hand-rolling tobacco. They were using the cover of their company vehicles and frequent trips to the UK to facilitate the imports.
Europol analysed key intelligence contributions which pinpointed the criminals' modus operandi and helped to identify the source of the tobacco supply, people and vehicles involved.
The operation concluded with two arrests and the seizure of nearly two tonnes of hand-rolling tobacco by the UK authorities. This prevented duty and tax losses of around 277 000 EUR.