Spanish Police Rescue 6 People from Illegal Underground Cigarette Factory

Twelve People Believed to Be Behind the Operations of the Factory Arrested

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Spanish police have rescued six people from an underground factory in southern Spain.

The police the six had been abandoned in the facility by a gang that operated the factory. The factory had reportedly been tightly soundproofed.

The officers had to use a forklift to remove a cargo container that had sealed the entrance to the underground bunker in the Monda area of Malaga Province.

The police said the factory had been operational for almost a year and had the capacity to roll out 3,500 cigarettes per hour. The factory reportedly generated profits of more than $647,000 per week.

The discovery of the facility was made after the police received a tip-off from Europol.

The authorities launched an operation and seized more than three million cigarettes.

Twelve have since been arrested as an investigation continues.