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Published 2013 10 01, 13:52

Lithuanian customs officers find illegal cigarettes in chocolate shipment

Lithuanian customs officers at Kybartai border checkpoint on the Lithuanian-Russian border have discovered an illegal shipment of cigarettes worth 2.2 million litas (EUR 0.34 million) within a 20-ton chocolate shipment.
Kontrabandinės cigaretės
Kontrabandinės cigaretės / MKT nuotr.

According to the Customs Criminal Service, the Russian cigarettes were found in a Volvo truck on Saturday when it tried to go via Lithuania from Kaliningrad to Moscow. Customs officers x-rayed the truck and discovered 6 million cigarettes.

The driver, a Russian citizen, was detained. A court in Kaunas, Lithuania's second-largest city, later sanctioned his arrest for one month.

The Customs Criminal Service has launched a pre-trial investigation into the incident.

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