The Office of Internal Security, conducting a pre-trial investigation in a criminal case received from the State Border Guard, found out that a police officer, together with two private individuals, organized the introduction of tobacco products without Latvian excise tax stamps through the Daugava River from Belarus.
More than 58,000 cigarettes without Latvian excise tax stamps were found with the arrested persons, as well as a rubber boat that was used in the commission of a criminal offense.
At the same time, in the course of the pre-trial investigation, the Internal Security Office obtained evidence that the mentioned State Police official, together with one of the private individuals, illegally stored, moved and sold cigarettes with Ukrainian excise tax stamps in large quantities.
As a result of the commission of criminal offenses by State Police officials and private individuals, Latvia suffered a material loss in the amount of more than 16,000 euros.
The Office of Internal Security initiated 50 criminal proceedings last year and conducted pre-trial investigations in 142 criminal proceedings.
In the past year, the Internal Security Office sent 48 criminal proceedings to the Prosecutor’s Office for the initiation of criminal prosecution for 98 criminal offenses against 72 persons – 56 officials and employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and municipal police institutions, as well as 16 natural persons.
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