During a search of the Mercedes Sprinter van police found stones looking like amber, packed in white bags. “Currently, the police is carrying out a detailed review of seized amber, some samples are already sent for examination," said the head of Ministry of Internal Affairs Ukraine in Rivne region Serhiy Maksimov.
Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov commented on his Facebook, that the record-breaking 2.5 tons, valued at $3 mln, were prepared for illegal foreign traffic.
He stressed that this seizure of amber is the result of a large operation prepared by MIA and the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, which fight against the largest criminal group that operated in Rivne and parasitized on the illegal extraction of amber.
All the amber removed will be inventoried and publicly returned to state coffers.
This is not the first case of illegal amber traffic; three days ago Ukrainian border guards detained 150 kilograms of amber nearly on the border with Poland.