In July 2018, within the framework of judicial co-operation activities coordinated by the European Union’s Judicial Co-operation Unit (Eurojust), the Tax and Customs Police Department of the State Revenue Service and the Customs Criminal Service of the Republic of Lithuania carried out procedural activities to expose and stop the smuggling of cigarettes in two countries simultaneously — in Latvia and Lithuania.
Procedural activities were implemented based on the criminal proceedings initiated by the Tax and Customs Police Department and the Customs Criminal Service of the Republic of Lithuania regarding the smuggling of cigarettes. Eight searches were carried out in Latvia — Riga, Riga District and Daugavpils.
During the searches, there were seized 2,200,000 smuggled cigarettes “MINSK CAPITAL SUPER SLIMS” and “NZ GOLD SUPER SLIMS” with the excise duty stamps of the Republic of Belarus; 5,283 litres of bottled transparent liquid with an odour similar to alcohol with an inscription “SVAJAK VODKA, alc 40% PLATINUM”; 52 pcs. of window frames adjusted for hiding smuggled cigarettes; notebooks, a tablet and various documents.
Investigation activities coordinated by the European Union’s Judicial Co-operation Unit (Eurojust) were carried out with regard to the criminal offences committed in November 2017 in Latvia, when a citizen of Lithuania acted in a coordinated manner with other persons in an organised group and carried out the smuggling of tobacco products, i.e., cigarettes, on a large scale. Citizens of the Republic of Lithuania stored the smuggled cigarettes with the excise duty stamps of the Republic of Belarus at a rented warehouse in the Republic of Latvia, whereto legal goods, i.e., Plexiglas windows, were delivered from Poland. After the dismantling of glass units at the warehouse, cigarettes delivered to the countries of the European Union by way of smuggling were put between the frames. After receiving cigarettes, window frames were sent back to Latvia to repeatedly use them for transporting smuggled cigarettes.