SBU prevents smuggling of cigarettes worth over UAH 10 million to Ukraine
The Security Service of Ukraine has prevented attempt to illegally transport from abroad to Odesa city over half a million units of tobacco products. The malefactors tried to transport excisable goods under the guise of importing 15 tons of foreign fabrics.
According to preliminary information, a container with a consignment of contraband products arrived at the Odesa Commercial Seaport from one of the Eastern Asia countries at the address of a local importing company.
During the inspection of the cargo over 500 thousand packs of cigarettes of foreign origin, without excise marks were detected by the law enforcement officers. At that, according to the customs declaration and accompanying documents, the container had to be loaded with imported fabrics. According to the preliminary estimates, the value of the seized goods is over UAH 10 million (USD 370,000).
At present, the issue of initiation a criminal proceeding under Part 2 Art. 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine for establishing and bringing to responsibility of persons, involved into illegal activities is being settled. The detection operation was conducted by the SBU Main Department for Fighting Corruption and Organized Crime with the SBU Office in Odesa region under the procedural guidance of the regional Prosecutor’s Office.
For the Attention of the SBU Head