2012 Seizures of Contraband Tobacco in Romania

Around 9.7 million packs of cigarettes that were being smuggled were seized by police in Romania in 2012.

30 tobacco smuggling gangs were broken up and over 130 individual smugglers were caught in 2012. 268 stolen cars and vans that were being used in the smuggling was also seized.

Smugglers are able to purchase a pack of rolled cigarettes in Romania for half a Euro and sell it at a higher price in Ukraine and other Western Europe capitals.

Source:  Associated Press, “Romania Turns up Heat on Cigarette Smuggling,” ABC News, January 19, 2013.