Swiss customs couldn’t believe their eyes when they visited the garages of a Vaud resident who they had questioned at a border stop in Geneva. The two garages contained a total of 5,000 kgs of food. Among the stash they found 520 litres of spirits, 1,400 litres of wine, 2,800 kgs of meat and large quantities of oil, port and cheese.
The smuggler had created a network allowing the resale of the goods to regular clients including restaurants, delicatessens and friends. “This was a real professional wholesaler” explained Jean-Claude Duvoisin, head of the antifraud department of Swiss customs for French-speaking Switzerland.
This is not an isolated case. After the Swiss franc cap was abandoned the quantities of food illegally imported into Switzerland have exploded.