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Irishman’s €11m a month smuggling ring is smashed in Spain

A MASSIVE cigarette smuggling gang led by an Irishman and a Briton has been smashed by police in Spain.

The pair's organisation were making €11m a month by flooding Europe with cheap tobacco from the Far East, detectives believe.

The cigarettes were brought to Europe via Africa and the Middle East to disguise their true origin.

Police believe the network used a series of 'smokescreen' firms to hide their criminal activity.

The alleged expat leaders of the gang were based in the upmarket Costa del Sol resort of Marbella.

They have not been named by police.

Nearly a dozen Spaniards have also been arrested during the operation, codenamed Operaton Cumpai, and more than two and a half million cigarette packets and €50,000 seized in a series of raids.

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