Thirteen arrested as police make Spain’s largest ever seizure of illegal snuff
A massive haul of 100 tons of loose snuff worth 16 million euros has been found by police in Spain’s biggest ever seizure.
Thirteen people were arrested as part of “Operation Robust” and nearly 2,000 manufacturing machines impounded, together with three top-of-the-range cars.
Police said the fine snuff was being used to add taste and smell to tobacco and was being sold via the internet to a large portfolio of customers.
Five raids were carried out in Valencia and Badajoz as part of a joint investigation by the Civil Guard and Tax Office.
The total value of the haul is put at 16 million euros .
“The gang pretended to be selling legal leaf snuff but it was being altered with chemicals and all the usual health checks were being evaded,” said a spokesman for the Civil Guard.
The ten men and three women arrested are of Polish and Spanish nationalities, aged between 22 and 60.
The heavy machinery was being used for drying snuff and then adding additives and preservatives.