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Criminal prosecution to commence against five persons accused of manipulations with excise goods

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCustoms Police of the State Revenue Service has commenced criminal prosecution of five individuals accused of illegal manipulations with excise goods – tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. Estimates suggest that the extent of potential damage could have been EUR 80,896.32.

SRS Customs Police submitted to the Financial and Economic Crimes Investigative prosecutor’s office the criminal process regarding illegal manipulations with 432,8 thousand cigarettes bearing Belarusian excise stamps and 220 kg of tobacco products, as well as illegal repackaging of alcoholic drinks on 29 June, as reported by SRS.

The criminal process was launched 16 February 2015 in accordance with Part 3 of Section 191, Part 3 of Section 221 and Part 2 of Section 221.2 of the Criminal Law.

As part of the criminal process, an inspection was carried out in a rented hangar in Vangazi. During the inspection, law enforcement officials uncovered 24 units of 20-litre cans containing clear liquid with a smell characteristic to alcohol. An in-depth inspection of the hangar also revealed two professionally hidden stashes with empty glass jars and carton sheets with the centre cut out. At the end of the inspection, authorities confiscated 1,176 empty 1 litre glass bottles, 316 filled 1 litre bottles and one 1 litre bottle bearing different labels in Russian language and seven 1l bottles containing a clear liquid bearing no labels.

Among other confiscated items were five carton boxes with labels of different alcoholic drink in Russia, three carton boxes with bottle corks of different colours, 50 empty 20 litre plastic cans and 450 empty 3 litre containers with valves, a box of Ukrainian excise labels and 230 empty carton boxes of different cigarette brand labels.

As part of the criminal process, police confiscated 140,000 Fest cigarettes bearing Belarusian excise labels, 80,000 NZ cigarettes bearing Belarusian excise labels and 212,800 Winston cigarettes bearing Belarusian excise labels.  In addition, police also confiscated 220 kg of Al Ain Bakhoor Intense Finest produkt of the UAE tobacco products and alcoholic drinks with a total alcohol volume of 385.40 litres, as well as packaging equipment.

Based on initiate estimate, the extent of the damage that could have been done to the state is EUR 80,896.32. The confiscated goods have been handed over to the Provision State Agency.

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