Continuing the pre-trial investigation into arms smuggling and violation of international sanctions, which was launched last year, the officers of the Customs Criminal Service (CCS) conducted searches in Vilnius, Vilnius and Švenčionys districts on Tuesday morning (June 1). With the help of officers of the Lithuanian Police Anti-Terrorist Operations Team Aras, four people were arrested, including the head of a company engaged in arms and ammunition trade. 319 rifles and semi-automatic carbines “Saiga” were detected and seized, 12 thousand. ammunition.
Detainees are suspected of having created and participated in the scheme when, bypassing the 2014 After the introduction of international sanctions on Russian arms manufacturers, large quantities of Russian firearms were smuggled into Lithuania, which were traded both in our country and in other EU countries.
The total value of confiscated armaments is 335 thousand. euros.
The pre-trial investigation was initiated and carried out in close cooperation with the Department of State Security of the Republic of Lithuania.
MKT officials back in 2020. launched a pre-trial investigation into possible arms smuggling and violations of international sanctions against Russia.
Tuesday, about 8 p.m. in the morning, customs forensics began a search of the premises of one company engaged in the wholesale and retail trade in arms and ammunition.
Searches were carried out in Vilnius, as well as in Vilnius and Švenčionys districts. During them, the officers found and seized 319 Russian-made rifles and semi-automatic carbines “Saiga”, as well as 12 thousand. pcs. ammunition. Their total value is about 335 thousand. euros.
The head of the company and three other persons were arrested, all citizens of the Republic of Lithuania.
According to officials, the said company has been operating since 2019. large quantities of Russian weapons (mostly semi-automatic carbines) were imported from Russia through intermediaries, one Central Asian country.
Although the weapons were actually bought from Russian sellers, the documents stated that they were purchased only from the said Central Asian state, thus circumventing international sanctions. Weapons brought to Lithuania were cleared and legalized, and they continued to be traded both in our country and in other EU countries (mainly Germany and Austria). According to the officials, the company was able to import about 1,500 units during this period. semi-automatic carbines.
The pre-trial investigation in accordance with Article 123-1 of the Criminal Code is being continued in the Vilnius branch of the MKT. (Violation of International Sanctions) and Art. Part 4 (Smuggling of Arms and Ammunition). The investigation is led by the Vilnius Regional Prosecutor’s Office. Offenders face up to three to ten years in prison.