An organized criminal group involved in the illicit production and distribution of fake cigarettes—destined mainly for the French market—has been dismantled in Slovenia
The fight against illicit trade continues unabated in 2022. PMI is working toward stamping out this global problem.
This includes public-private partnerships, technological innovation as a disruptor of illicit operations, and concrete enforcement against illicit activities.
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic and social impact of border closures and lockdowns, consumption of illicit cigarettes increased.
At the trial, the prosecutor pointed out that severe prison sentences were justified, arguing that this was not a petty crime, but in fact the work of a major criminal organization.