19 Feb, 2019 @ 13:44
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Five Guardia Civil officers jailed in Spain for tobacco smuggling through Gibraltar

ARRESTED: Five Guardia Civil officers were arrested on Saturday for tobacco smuggling on the Gibraltar border

FIVE Guardia Civil customs officers have been jailed after they were arrested on Saturday for smuggling tobacco through Gibraltar.

On Monday, La Linea’s Court Number Four ordered that the accused cops, who are also linked to drug trafficking, be refused bail.

Now behind bars, the five law enforcers face additional charges of forgery, bribery, money laundering, membership of a criminal group and failure to prosecute crimes.

The arrest of these Guardia Civil agents marks the second from the Spanish institution in less than a month.

ACCUSED: The arrested Guardia Civil officers are the second group to be held from the institution in less than a month

Court sources said the case will be kept secret, as the Internal Affairs Service of the Armed Institute have now begun an investigation.

All five police officers work as customs officials on Spain’s border with the Rock, where they are accused of participating in or facilitating the smuggling of tobacco.

In Andalucia one out of every three cigarettes smoked is illegal, while Gibraltar contributes 38.4% of the region’s black market tobacco.

A sixth person, who is not part of the Guardia Civil has also been detained.

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