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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTwo groups of Vietnamese citizens were caught in an illegal attempt to cross Latvia’s border and multiple cigarette-smuggling attempts were thwarted by authorities in April, as reported by Latvia’s State Border Guard.

It is noted that on 16 April two Vietnamese citizens were caught while trying to cross the border. Ten other members of the same group were apprehended on Russia’s side. Perpetrators were returned to law enforcement institutions of the Russian Federation in accordance with inter-governmental agreements.

On the night to 19th and 20th April State Border Guard caught five Vietnamese citizens and three guides – all Lithuanian citizens – in Viļaka administrative territory while they were crossing the state border. Criminal processes have been launched for illegal crossing of the state border.

The State Border Guard had also uncovered several smuggling operations. On 9 April, officers caught a Russian citizen at Terehovo border control point with nearly 60,000 contraband cigarettes. On the same day officers of the State Border Guard ‘fished out’ a raft carrying more than 35,000 contraband cigarettes, as confirmed by State Border Guard’s Coordination and Public Relations Department’s chief inspector Kristīne Pētersone.

19 April was especially active because officers managed to intercept so far the largest amount of contraband cigarettes – nearly ten million.

Latvia’s State Border Guard reports that it is thanks to close cooperation with State Revenue Service and Customs Police it was possible to intercept two cargo trucks carrying 8,352,000 contraband cigarettes. Drivers of both vehicles have been arrested. Both of them are Russian citizens. An inspection was performed in a hangar located in Silmala County. One Latvian citizen involved in cigarette contraband was arrested and 1,289,160 of illegal cigarettes were confiscated.

Cases of illegal border crossing have been registered so far only in January. A total of 22 Vietnamese citizens have been caught trying to illegally cross the border and 66 persons have been caught smuggling goods across the border.


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