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Donetsk region: SBU seizes batch of counterfeit cigarettes worth UAH 2,000,000 (USD 71,430)

SBU officers engaged in the Joint Forces Operation continue the large-scale measures to counter illegal movement of counterfeit goods through a delimitation line.

During the operation, the SBU operatives jointly with armed forces officers blocked another channel for smuggling tobacco products with fake excise stamps from Donetsk territory non-controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.  

The SBU officers established that two residents of the region sent illegally counterfeit cigarettes by minibuses outside of the entry-exit checkpoints in the Volnovakha region. The dealers were going to sell imported “counterfeit” in other regions of Ukraine.

The law enforces seized 112 boxes of counterfeit cigarettes in two vans. The approximate cost of “goods” on the “black market” is valued at over UAH 2,000,000 (USD 71,430) in cash.

The urgent investigative actions on documenting illegal transfer through separation line of tobacco products with counterfeit excise marks and bringing to criminal responsibility other persons involved in the illegal activities are under way.

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