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Kharkiv region: SBU blocks deliveries of counterfeit cigarettes and alcohol

SBU officials under procedural supervision of the Prosecutor’s Office blocked illegal deliveries of tobacco products and ethyl alcohol to Kharkiv.

The SBU operatives established that residents of regional center and natives of temporarily occupied territories are involved in illegal deal. The offenders transferred to Kharkiv counterfeit lots of cigarettes with false excise duty marks of Ukraine for illegal selling in several regions. The dealers manufactured claytons from the ethyl alcohol.

The law-enforcers detained one of the group members during sale of the next lot of counterfeit tobacco products. In due course of searches in the clandestine workshops and residences of involved persons the SBU officials seized almost 80 000 packs of counterfeit cigarettes, over 1000 liters of ethyl alcohol, 1000 liters of ready for selling counterfeit vodka for the amount of almost UAH 2000000 (USD 77000). The package and equipment for production of claytons are seized from two clandestine workshops.

The criminal proceeding under p.3 Article 204 of the Criminal code of Ukraine is initiated.

In accordance with the Article 208 of the Criminal code of Ukraine five members of the group, including 3 organizers, are detained.

The urgent investigations are under way.    

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