The Honorary Consul of Jordan in Brasov, Dahabreh Raed, is suspected of having supported a cigarette smuggling group headed by a Moldovan national, operating two clandestine cigarette factories, in Brasov and Mizil, and causing a damage of RON 825,000. According to Mediafax, the trans-national organised criminal group made up of Romanian, Moldovan and Jordanian citizens is suspected of tax evasion and smuggling of excisable tobacco goods. ‘In fact, it s retained that the defendants have set up an organised criminal group for deriving substantial benefits by opening two clandestine counterfeit cigarette factories in Brasov County and in Mizil, Prahova County, and by producing and selling counterfeit cigarettes evading the payment of taxes and excises owed to the national budget’, Organised Crime and Terrorism Investigation Department (DIICOT) said yesterday. The investigators say the group was being headed by Veaceslav Hariton, a Moldovan national, who had organised the import to Romania of specific equipment for manufacturing and packaging cigarettes, necessary raw materials – bulk tobacco and cigarette paper – labour, especially Moldovan citizens of modest economic condition, and had set up illegal counterfeit cigarette production units in various places. According to DIICOT, the illegal activity of the organised criminal group was supported by 51-year old Dahabreh Raed, Honorary Council at the Honorary Consulate of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Brasov.