Record batch of smuggled cigarettes from Belarus not allowed into Poland

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Smuggling of 1.8 million packs of Belarusian cigarettes was stopped on the Polish border, the Polish Border Guard Service reports.

Three men were detained at the Polish-Belarusian border: two drivers of two trucks and their assistant. They were 19, 21 and 55 years old Polish nationals.

During the inspection of large trucks, it was found that the trailers, instead of the declared goods, contained illegal cigarettes. Some of the contraband was concealed in special “boxes” that looked like boards mounted in the trailer from the outside. Inside these stashes were boxes of cigarettes.

In total, both trailers contained more than 1.8 million packs of Belarusian cigarettes, with an estimated value of about $ 7.5 million. This is the largest attempt at cigarette smuggling disrupted at Polish border crossings.

The men have been temporarily detained for three months. They face up to 10 years in prison.