SBU blocks powerful channel for smuggling cigarettes to the European Union
Employees of the Main Department for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime of the Security Service of Ukraine blocked the operation of a powerful channel for smuggling cigarettes to the countries of the European Union.
Special service operatives have established that an organized group of people associated with international criminal groups has regulated the supply of cigarettes to Ukraine of well-known international brands outside of customs control without payment of the corresponding compulsory payments. Later dealers planned to transport products to the EU countries across the western borders of Ukraine.
During carrying out of authorized searches at the place of storage of "goods" in Odesa area law enforcement officers seized about seven thousand boxes of cigarettes without marks of excise tax and without corresponding documents. The estimated cost of seized products is more than fifty million hryvnias. In the territory also found equipment for the illegal production of excisable products.
The pre-trial investigation in criminal proceedings, initiated under Part 1 of Art. 204 and Part 1 of Art. 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine is under way.
The operation was conducted jointly with the investigators of the territorial department of the State Bureau of Investigations in Khmelnytskyi under the procedural guidance of prosecutors of the General Prosecutor's Office.
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