An international group specialized in smuggling cigarettes in large proportions was dismantled by the law enforcement authorities.

The component bodies discovered over 2 million cigarettes of "Ashima" brand, in a warehouse with building materials from Chisinau. The cigarettes did not have any excise stamps. Their value is over one million lei, and would have generated a profit of 100 thousand euros.

The members of the criminal group was detained yesterday, January 5th, following criminal investigation and special investigation measures targeting the tobacco smuggling activity of the criminal group, operating worldwide.

Also, several searches were carried out at different addresses from the country, and as a result, a suspected member of the criminal group was detained. The man turned out to be a 44-year-old inhabitant of Chisinau. He was detained on remand for 72 hours, and the prosecutors will request the preventive arrest measure for one month.

A criminal investigation was initiated on this case, and the necessary investigative actions are taken to identify all persons involved, and to establish their criminal liability.

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