Transcarpathian smugglers take over sky

31 August 2012 11:36  21519851 020361
Transcarpathian smugglers take over sky

Cigarette smugglers invent ever new ways of ferrying tobacco across the border. Some dig tunnels, others use hollows in car plating and some even involve aircraft for this business. On Aug. 28 single-engine aircraft violated the border of Ukraine from Romania, border guards detected it and tried to intercept.
Having defined the course of the airplane, border guards reported the violation to Mukachevo Border Guard Detachment. The team immediately went in search of the plane landing place. And although they failed to hold the plane, border guards found possible accomplices of the infiltrator. White minivan was a few hundred yards from the landing point and tried to escape from the guards. Later the guards found 16 cigarette boxes, 10 of them were empty, and other six contained 240 blocks of cigarettes. Border guards believe that a well organized group of criminals is involved, and that in addition to two detained suspects in the field and the pilot of the aircraft there was at least one more who must have been a lookout and warned the whole group about approaching guards.  As a result, the plane flew back to Romania and two men in a van nearly pulled away from the border guards. So now the case will be handled by police and the Security Service. 


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