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Thursday, 11 December 2008

Counterfeit Euro smuggling ring smashed - 7 arrested

A gang of smugglers, thought to have been active for around 4 years and during which they are thought to have smuggled in excess of 30 million counterfeit Euro banknotes (mainly 20 and 50 Euro denominations), has been broken, with seven arrests made recently (5 in Lugo and 2 in Coruna). Other arrests, upto 20, have been made elsewhere including in Alicante, Murcia and Malaga.

The counterfeit banknotes are believed to have been brought to Spain by car from Italy, where the Calabrian mafia is believed to be the source. The notes are being passed in generally small transactions throughout much of Spain, although larger transactions, such as for property, have been involved. The moral would seem to be to exercise care in where you obtain your Euro cash requirements

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