Long prison sentences and millions in fines were shared when six men were convicted on Friday to have joined an international organised group, which has, overall, smuggled around 14 million cigarettes primarily from eastern Europe.
Cigarettes which were subsequently distributed in Denmark to different buyers around the country.
By circumventing tobacco tax and the Law on VAT, the Treasury has been deceived over 20 million kroner.
In addition to the six men convicted in court in Aarhus on Friday, two other men have already been sentenced, while three are currently awaiting extradition from Poland.
The six were punished by the role they played in the group and how many cigarettes the individual has been involved in redistributing.
They were judged
• A 40-year-old and a 50-year-old man, both of whom were judged to be the backers received 3.5 years imprisonment and each an additional fine of approx. DKK 10 million. The 40-year-old, who is a Polish national, was also expelled from the country forever.
• A 43 years old was sentenced to four years in prison and a supplementary fine of approximately nine million kroner.
• A 54-year-old man received a verdict of 2.5 years in prison and an additional fine of about four million kroner
• A 47-year-old man from Lithuania was sentenced to two years in prison and a supplementary fine of approximately EUR 1.5 million. In addition, he was expelled for 12 years with an entry ban
• A 46-year-old man from Lithuania, who acted as a driver on the network, was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison and a supplementary fine of approximately EUR 1.5 million. In addition, he was expelled for 12 years with an entry ban
Several million cigarettes seized
It was Særlig Efterforskning Vest, which is investigating organised and cross-border crime in west Denmark, which was responsible for the arrest of the men in the smuggler network. The special police unit had in international cooperation with, omong others, the Poland police that investigated the case proactively over a prolonged period of time, when in March of this year they turned into a coordinated action and arrested six people at different addresses in Jutland.
During the investigation, two and a half million cigarettes were seized in Jutland, and three million cigarettes were also seized in Poland – in this connection the Polish authorities arrested two people.
Prosecutor in the case Mette Fladkjær is satisfied with the judgments of Friday.
“I know it is one of the biggest cases of its kind in Denmark, and it is highly organised crime, which has threads to several countries. I am pleased that the police have broken down the network and that significant fines and longer prison sentences have been shared out to the defendants, “the prosecutor says.
People usually only do half time and then deported.
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