Organized crime group in Voronezh went on trial for production and sale of counterfeit cigarettes

Organized crime group in Voronezh went on trial for production and sale of counterfeit cigarettes

The production and sale of counterfeit cigarettes in Voronezh was stopped by the law enforcement officers.

According to the General Administration of the MIA of Russia in the Voronezh Region, a criminal case against three members of the gang presented to the court. The investigation established that their "business" has caused damage to the state in the amount of more than 3.3 million rubles.

The press service of the police added that the activities of a criminal gang were stopped by officers of General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption in the Voronezh Region. Its members producted and sold unmarked tobacco products.

The official representative of the MIA of Russia, Irina Volk, noted that all tobacco products needed to be marked with the tax stamps. By producing and selling unmarked cigarettes, members of organized crime group have caused significant damage to the state budget.

Law enforcement officers found out that the workshop for the production of counterfeit cigarettes was equipped in the non-residential premises in the village of Ramon in the Voronezh Region. At this place, employees finished tobacco products with special stamps that were produced not by FSUE (Federal State Unitary Enterprise) Goznak.

During the search, the police found and seized more than 350 boxes with 250 cigarette packs inside, as well as a special equipment for manufacturing cigarettes without filter. Also, law enforcement officers found and seized 42 boxes of tobacco and a few hundred thousand of counterfeit stamps.

It was established that members of organized crime group produced, stored, transportated and sold unmarked tobacco products, the value of which exceeded 2.2 million rubles. According to the investigation, the illegal activities of organized crime group has caused damage to the owner of the trademark amounting to more than 3.3 million rubles.

Irina Volk also pointed out that one of the members of this gang have been convicted earlier - the court convicted him to 4 years probation. As for the remaining part of the group, the criminal investigation against them is complete, all the materials submitted to the court for further consideration.

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