Polish border guards and finance ministry inspectors have broken a smuggling ring responsible for the biggest-ever cigarette-smuggling operation from Belarus to Poland.
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Silesian police, along with their Austrian counterparts, have arrested five Poles in Austria for smuggling drugs and seized more than 50 kilograms of marijuana with a black market value of more than PLN 2 million (EUR 424,000).
Polish and Czech police officers have broken up an international gang smuggling drugs within the EU, the Central Police Investigation Bureau (CBSP) reported on Tuesday.
After being sorted by officials in Gdynia, the half a million items of shoes, clothing and bedding are sent to Ukrainian refugees in Poland and those remaining in their homeland.
The European Commission (EC) has suggested blacklisting transport operators that facilitate migrant smuggling or human trafficking into the EU, most recently through Belarus to Poland and other countries.
Poland's interior minister has sent a letter to his German counterpart urging joint action against criminal groups smuggling migrants over the Polish-German border.
The Polish Border Guard has said that they have seen "a gigantic increase" in the number of people smugglers on the border with Belarus.
A special task force set up to investigate the gang said they may have smuggled as much as 1.2 tonnes of marijuana worth almost PLN 24 million (EUR 5.3 million) from Spain into Poland as well as Italy, Belgium, Germany and the UK.