In the first nine months of 2011, Custom Officers in Spain stopped 2,899 people from bringing in illegal cigarettes into the country from Gibraltar.
The number of cigarette smugglers attempting to enter Spain from Gibraltar has been increasing every year. 2,112 people were stopped from smuggling cigarettes into Spain in 2010, and 1,226 people were stopped in 2009. In 2008, the number of smugglers who were stopped by Custom Officers was 985.
In 2011, around 225 million illegal cigarettes and several tons of tobacco was seized by police in Spain. The cigarette smuggling activities were bringing the contraband cigarettes into the United Kingdom.
Source: “Smuggling on the rise between Gibraltar and Spain,” Olive Press, January 16, 2012.
Source: “Cigarette smuggling crackdown in Spain,” Olive Press,” December 18, 2011.