Friday, 14 August, 2020

Workers found trapped in illegal tobacco factory in Spain



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The haul bundled 153,000 packs of cigarettes

An unlawful cigarette factory has been uncovered in Spain in which six international staff were being found gasping for air before getting rescued, authorities reported.

Twelve British nationals suspected of operating the factory were arrested.

The bunker under horse stables in the southern province of Malaga could produce up to 3,500 counterfeit cigarettes an hour.

It is the first underground counterfeit cigarette manufacturing facility uncovered in the EU, Europol and Spanish police claimed.

Six Ukrainian and Lithuanian employees had been found struggling to breathe owing to a generator designed to pump air into the bunker functioning out of fuel, law enforcement reported.

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The underground bunker is in the southern province of Malaga

20 people had been arrested earlier in the day but experienced not informed law enforcement that the staff have been continue to inside of. The panicked workers banged and shouted from down below as law enforcement searched the region.

Officers ultimately observed the employees and freed them.

Police confiscated 153,000 packs of cigarettes, a lot more than 17 tons of rolling tobacco, 20 kg (44 lbs) of cannabis and 144 kg of cannabis.

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The factory could make up to 3,500 counterfeit cigarettes an hour

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6 employees were remaining gasping for air

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