Rus­sian ar­rested for cig­a­rettes

Observer on Saturday - - News -

BER­LIN - Ger­man po­lice say they have ar­rested a Rus­sian man sus­pected of smug­gling some 12 mil­lion cig­a­rettes into the coun­try over two years. Fed­eral po­lice say the 43-year-old, who was not iden­ti­fied, was de­tained in the north­ern port city of Kielon Tues­day dur­ing a rou­tine check. They said in a state­ment on Thurs­day that he is ac­cused of smug­gling the cig­a­rettes into Ger­many be­tween 2009 and 2011 as a mem­ber of a gang, caus­ing Ger­man tax au­thor­i­ties losses of 1.67 mil­lion Eu­ros (US$1.89m).

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