Operatives of the tax police of the State Fiscal Service and the State Border Guard of Ukraine detained a man on Mariinka checkpoint in Donetsk region. He tried carrying 391 kilograms of grain coffee across the checkpoint.
The Joint Forces Operation HQ reported this on Facebook, adding that the man appeared to be the local resident who carried the coffee under the guise of his personal belongings.
The overall price of the batch makes approximately 3,000 U.S. dollars.
The operative agents seized the goods.
The State Fiscal Service reported that since the beginning of the year, the agency's employees who monitor the division line in Donbas seized smuggled goods worth some USD 500,000 in total.
Most recently, a group of smugglers used force against the patrol of Ukrainian border guard; the incident occurred in Chernivtsi region, southwestern Ukraine near the border with Romania.
According to the State Border Guard, the border guard unit was on duty, when they spotted about 20 people carrying some goods to Romania. As the malefactors were detained, the latter resisted, inflicted injuries on the border guards and tried escaping.
The reinforcements arrived, and then the law enforcers found four boxes with cigarettes left by the smugglers.
The police were informed of the incident; the investigation is underway.