The Customs Criminal Service reports that experienced customs officials have long known that timber shipments from Belarus are often just a disguise for cigarette smuggling. Therefore, on July 15, the officials decided to check the X-ray control system of the cargo of the Belarusian citizen who arrived at the Raigard road post by a truck “Man” – wood fiber boards. According to the driver, the cargo of 21.5 tons of plates was destined for one Kaunas company, but after X-ray inspection, it became clear that there were hiding places in the wood full of Belarusian cigarettes Minsk Capital MS.
According to preliminary data, a total of about 300 thousand tons were transported in this way. packets of cigarettes with a value of more than 1 mln. euros.
A pre-trial investigation into smuggling has been launched in the Kaunas branch of the Customs Criminal Service, led by the Kaunas Regional Prosecutor’s Office. The driver was released on remand, with a cash deposit, a written undertaking not to leave and the seizure of documents.
On July 12, customs officers and border guards seized more than half a million packets (worth about 2 million euros) of illegal smokers at the Raigardas road post, which were detected during an inspection of another timber truck transported by truck from Belarus.
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