The Guardia Civil has seized the largest amount of contraband tobacco ever in Spain. Officers swooped on 100 tonnes of tobacco worth 16 million euros and arrested 13 people suspected of selling it over the internet.

The tobacco was found in warehouses in Valencia and in Badajoz in the west of the country, with the Guardia detaining 13 Spanish and Polish nationals suspected of selling the tobacco online, disregarding hygiene standards.

“They used, without any sanitary controls, chemical products to improve the taste and smell of the tobacco,” a Guardia spokesman said. They opened their investigation in January after they discovered a website offering tobacco for sale.

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