Illegal snus factory busted in Sweden

Three people are being held after a raid on illegal production of Sweden's moist tobacco 'snus'.

Illegal snus factory busted in Sweden
File photo of snus. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum/NTB scanpix/TT

Police and the Swedish Economic Crime Authority raided several venues in the Gothenburg area on Tuesday, August 28th, after months of gathering intelligence on the black market snus factory.

“We suspect that the operation has made multi-millions in unpaid tax revenues. We also suspect that most of the workers in the factory were paid under the table,” said prosecutor Daniel Larsson.

The trio is now being questioned for serious tax crimes linked to illegal snus production in 2017 and 2018.

All three deny any allegations of criminal activity.

Most of the snus is believed to have been produced at a small factory in an industrial area of Gothenburg. Authorities suspect that the people responsible only reported a small part of their operations to the Swedish Tax Agency, thereby not paying tobacco tax which is mandatory for snus production.

Snus, also known as Swedish snuff, is more popular than cigarettes in Sweden. Its sale is illegal across the EU but Sweden has been granted an exception and is allowed to sell the product within its borders.

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.