Odessa region: SBU blocks smuggling of cigarettes to Ukraine
Odesa SBU officers blocked the smuggling of tobacco products into Ukraine.
The SBU operatives have established that a group of residents set up the illegal import of cigarettes. The dealers even made an intermediate storage for temporary conservation of “goods” in the house of one of the locals. Smuggled tobacco products were imported from a neighboring country.
During authorized investigations in the household, the law enforcers found over 20,000 packs of cigarettes without excise stamps.
The price of the seized “goods” is over UAH 1,500,000 (USD 53,572).
The primary investigative actions on bringing to the criminal responsibility offenders involved in the unlawful actions in the framework of the criminal proceeding initiated under Part 2 Art. 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine are under way.
The measures to expose the illegal actions were conducted jointly with the Prosecutor’s Office and customs service.
SBU Press Centre
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