Underground Cigarette Factory Discovered in Malaga, Spain

A cigarette that has not been smoked yet that the factory made.

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A cigarette that has not been smoked yet that the factory made.

Recently, an underground cigarette factory, found four meters beneath a horse stable in Malaga, Spain, was raided by The Spanish Civil Guard, Europol, and various officials from Lithuania, Poland, and the United Kingdom. 

Following the incursion, over three million cigarettes, among other drugs, such as cannabis and rolling tobacco, were seized, and it was discovered that over 3,000 nicotine-products were capable of being produced per hour. So far, it appears that the majority of the drugs were smuggled to Great Britain. Being in operation since last year, the entrance to the bunker was skillfully concealed by a cargo freight, police confirm. 

According to statements by Spanish Police and Europol, 20 gang members were arrested, the majority of them being of British nationality. One of the gang members was an English fugitive, identifying as D. D.; it turned out that he was Daniel Dobbs, a fugitive who escaped from jail in late 2018 and was residing in Spain. 

The attempt to find the base was initially started after the Europol tipped off police in regards to a drug operation based in Costa del Sol, located in the south of Spain. 

The bunker was equipped with multiple beds and an unsanitary living space that consisted of a kitchen and a sitting area. As a result, the 20 gang members that resided within the enclosed area were subject to breathing difficulties.

According to officers raiding the premises, there were six Ukrainian workers trapped and abandoned in the base, whose air supply was rapidly abating. Although the workers were constantly banging on the bunker’s enclosure, the soundproof walls effectively interfered with their pleas, and it was only sometime later until the officials managed to save them. 

Following the numerous arrests, it was discovered that workers experienced conditions, which were termed as “semi-slavery,” by a source at the financial crimes unit in the Spanish Civil Guard. Laborers were forced to work in shifts for fourteen days at a time; during that duration, they were not permitted to leave the concealed area and were escorted in and out of the factory blindfolded. 

Despite the fact that illegal cigarette operations are somewhat common and frequent, cases such as this have never been reported prior in Europe. Carlos Galledo, working for Civil Guard, claims: “The gang chose the perfect place to set up their factory; it is isolated and was very difficult to find. There have been other illegal cigarette factories, but this is the first one in Europe that has been discovered underground.”

All twelve Brits arrested appeared in court and currently face charges of fraud, money laundering, falsification, and counts related to public health endangerment.