Nine arrested in illegal cigarette factory raid

Nine men have been charged with tax evasion and the production of illegal cigarettes after raids on warehouses in Landgraaf and Heerlen.

Some 5,000 kilos of tobacco, apparatus for making cigarettes and five million illicit cigarettes were seized in the raids, news agency ANP reported.

The gang may have been exporting the cigarettes to Italy, Germany and Switzerland without paying duties, ANP said.

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