SRS Customs Police asks for commencing criminal prosecution regarding over 200 kg of smuggled hashish

 Published: 09.05.2017. 11.44


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At the end of April, the Customs Police Department of the State Revenue Service (hereinafter — “SRS”) transferred the criminal proceedings regarding the smuggling of an especially dangerous narcotic substance, i.e. hashish, on a large scale to the Bauska District Prosecutor’s Office to commence criminal prosecution. Both suspects are facing imprisonment for a term of up to ten years.

On 4 October last year, officials of the SRS Customs Police Department carried out customs control of vehicles conducted by two citizens of Estonia born in 1988 and 1989. Both vehicles entered the country from the side of Lithuania. SRS sniffer dogs for detection of narcotic substances participated in customs control as well.

During the customs control, customs police officers discovered that a hiding place, i.e. double floor, was created in the cargo compartment of the truck NISSAN ATLEON. The hiding place contained metal boxes – pallets, which, in turn, contained a hidden prohibited, especially dangerous narcotic substance, i.e. hashish. According to expert’s conclusions, its total weight amounted to approximately 203.2875 kg. Customs police officers discovered the same dangerous narcotic substance, i.e. hashish, hidden in the passenger compartment and engine compartment of the car FORD S-Max (according to expert’s conclusions, its total weight amounted to approximately 569.66 grams). The total amount of hashish discovered in both vehicles was 203.85716 kg.

With regard to the incident, the SRS Customs Police Department initiated criminal proceedings in connection with constituent elements of a criminal offence stipulated by Section 1901 Paragraph two of the Criminal Law[1], which was committed on a large scale and by a group of persons pursuant to prior agreement.

A security measure “arrest” was applied to suspects, i.e. both citizens of Estonia. On 28 April a.c., the said criminal proceedings against both suspects were transferred to the Bauska District Prosecutor’s Office for the commencement of criminal prosecution.




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[1] Movement of Goods and Substances the Circulation of which is Prohibited or Specially Regulated across the State Border of the Republic of Latvia
(2) For a person who commits the same acts, if the commission thereof is accomplished by a group of persons pursuant to prior agreement or if the acts are committed on a large scale, the applicable punishment is deprivation of liberty for a term of up to ten years, with or without confiscation of property.

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