Stored in a Warsaw suburb by a Tunisian national, the hookah tobacco cargo lacked excise tax tagging. Officers secretly followed the distributor’s car to a warehouse at the outskirts of Warsaw, where they caught him red-handed while preparing a delivery.
When confronted with questions as to the origin and destination of the tobacco, the man attempted to flee but was stopped in his tracks. He was later interrogated.
“Following a thorough search of his car that yielded in 54 kg of tobacco, the warehouse was also searched,” reported the National Revenue Administration (KAS), adding that the search” resulted in the discovery of 1,300 kg of wet tobacco of unknown origin.”
The National Treasury could have lost as much as PLN 1.4 mln (EUR 323 mln) due to the unpaid excise tax.
“Apart from requisition of property, this type of crime carries the penalty of a fine or three-years imprisonment,” reported KAS, adding that a financial penalty and imprisonment can be applied simultaneously.