When smuggled cigarettes find their way into the black market, they cause losses to the European Union (EU) and to national budgets. The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and its partners fight hard to stop smuggling at the EU doorstep, while working to dismantle the criminal networks benefitting from the illegal trade. In just three months, the combined efforts of OLAF and Member States led to the seizure of 140 million so-called cheap whites in six countries and the subsequent arrest of 32 people. OLAF played different roles in the operations, often bringing about the big picture and tying the knots between services and pieces of intelligence.
Source: European Commission