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Latvian police makes one of largest seizures of contraband cigarettes in its history

BC, Riga, 30.11.2017.Print version
The Latvian State Police in mid-November 2017 seized a truckload of contraband cigarettes in the Riga region and further investigation resulted in discovery of a warehouse full of illegal cigarettes, making it one of the largest seizures in the history of the Latvian police force, reports LETA.


All in all, 22.69 million contraband cigarettes were seized, the police said.


The Latvian police have recently stepped up fight against cigarette contraband. On November 4 the State Police in cooperation with the Special Tasks Unit and the Riga Municipal Police staged a major raid on the Riga Central Market and a number of locations related to the suspects. Trained dogs of the State Revenue Service's Customs Department also participated in the operation. As many as 140 locations were searched, and around 321,000 tobacco products with Belarus and Russian excise labels were seized along with some 200 liters of illegal alcohol. The raid also resulted in arrest of 15 people.

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