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Smuggled cigarettes worth 69 million UAH were seized on the territory of Chornomorskyi fishing port

26.05.2020 -

Investigators of the Chief criminal investigations department of the SFS of Ukraine jointly with the State Border Guard Service and Security Service under the procedural guidance of prosecutors of the Attorney General Office stopped illegal transportation of 3455 boxes with illegal cigarettes or 1.727.500 packs to the territory of European Union; packaging of cigarettes does not comply with current Ukrainian, Moldovan and international legislation.

Within the investigation of criminal proceeding under Article 212 of the Criminal code of Ukraine it was detected that the specified tobacco products were in customs regime “transit” from the United Arab Emirates to the Republic of Moldova. Registration of cigarettes excludes its legal sale across the territory of Ukraine, Moldova or the European Union. According to available operational information, cigarettes were intended for illegal transportation to the territory of European Union for the purpose of further illegal sale.

As a result of authorized searches conducted on May 15 and 19, 2020 on the territory of Chornomorskyi fishing port, the specified cargo with estimated cost of 69 million UAH was seized from illicit turnover.

At present, seized cigarettes are under arrest.

The pre-trial investigation is ongoing.