Smuggling - STOP! Odesa region: SBU blocks smuggling of cigarettes from Transnistria
SBU officers in Odesa region in cooperation with the State Border Guard Service and Customs blocked smuggling of a large consignment of cigarettes from the territory of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.
Following the operative information, in the framework of initiated criminal proceeding, the law enforcers searched a household territory in one of regional settlements, where the smugglers set up an intermediate storage. In the course of authorized investigative actions over 50,000 cigarettes without the excise stamps were seized. The value of the seized cigarettes is about UAH 1,500,000 (USD 53,570).
Due to the law enforcers’ information, the tobacco products were smuggled from the territory of the so-called Moldovan Transnistrian Republic, for further sale in Ukraine.
The urgent investigative and operative actions are under way.
SBU Press Centre
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