EIGHT TONS OF CIGARETTES SEIZED
Macedonian Police seized eight tons of cigarettes after inspection check of a storehouse belonging to the company "Popeco Tabak", an authorized cigarette wholesaler for Eastern Macedonia.
Police sources confirmed for Makfax late Thursday that the owner of the Strumica-based Popeco Tabak was detained in the action, conducted as a part of the crackdown operation codenamed "Ashes" .
The confiscated cigarettes are of brands "Drava", "Stil" and "MT". Kumanovo Tobacco Company, owned by the recently arrested tobacco boss Bajrush Sejdiu, holds the production license for these brands.
In cooperation with the Public Revenue Office, the Police established that the tax stamps on the seized cigarettes were false.
The Interior Ministry said they would reveal more details on the operation on Friday.