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Vienna customs investigators seized a total of 13 tons of tobacco from illegal cigarette factory
Vienna customs investigators seized a total of 13 tons of tobacco from illegal cigarette factory
Credit: BMF/Zoll

During a house search in the 21st district, the officers from the Vienna customs office found a total of 13 tons of tobacco and several machines for the production of cigarettes. According to a statement of the Ministry of Finance, the production was only under construction and had only been in operation for a short time. One person was arrested during the search.

The customs office estimates that around 52,000 cartons of cigarettes were produced, taken away and sold during the approximated ten weeks that the illegal factory has been active. According to the investigators this is "a highly profitable business, since the turnover to date amounts to at least 1.5 million euros on the black market".