STOP Smuggling! Odesa : SBU blocks smuggling of cigarettes from Transnistria
SBU officers in Odesa region in cooperation with the Prosecutor’s Office and the State Fiscal Service blocked smuggling of cigarettes from the territory of unrecognized Prydnestrovian Moldavian Republic.
The special service operatives have established that locals have established a mechanism for the illegal transfer of tobacco products to Ukraine through international postal services. For temporary storage of ‘goods’ the dealers used warehouse of one of the postal offices in the regional center. The offenders sold smuggled goods through a retailer network in the territory of region.
During the authorized investigative actions, the law enforcers found over 50,000 packs of cigarettes without excise marks it the territory of the ‘transit’ storage facility. The price of seized goods comprises over UAH 1,500,000 (USD 53,000).
The investigative actions on bringing to the criminal responsibility other offenders involved in the framework of the criminal proceeding initiated under Part 2 Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine are under way.
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