“The Guardia di Finanza, like the other police forces, is part of that mechanism of prevention and repression of violations concerning the illegal trade in cigarettes and counterfeits”. Thus the inspector for the educational institutes of the Guardia di Finanza, General Carlo Ricozzi, on the sidelines of the presentation of the Maciste project held at the Rospigliosi Congress Center in Rome.
“The Gdf responds in particular with an air-naval device that is equipped with the best technologies to shade suspect vessels and to follow them without being seen. Italy is not only a country of consumption, but also of passage of illegal products. , during the two-year period of Covid, a resurgence of the phenomenon through greater seizures of smuggled cigarettes – continued Ricozzi -. In percentage terms there was an increase in seized products of 71 percent. While in absolute ones, we have seized 201 tons of foreign processed tobaccos in 2019 and 345 tons in 2020 “.