Law enforcement officers opened criminal proceedings on the fact of illegal sale, storage, transportation and processing of amber, and also conducted four searches in the Rivne region, during which they seized amber with a total weight of 800 kg. The press service of the Rivne regional prosecutor's office reports.
In particular, investigative actions were carried out in two production premises in the city of Sarny, where workshops for the processing of illegally obtained raw amber operated, as well as in one of the catering establishments in the city of Rovno and at the house of one of the defendants in the case, who is a citizen of another state.
During the searches, raw amber and items made from it with a total weight of 800 kg were found and seized. On the black market, its estimated cost is about $141,000. Also seized 31 pieces of equipment for processing amber, computer equipment, cash in the amount of 2.3 thousand euros and $600, draft accounting and primary documents with signs of forgery, which were used to legalize the origin of products from illegally mined sun stone.
According to the investigation, two foreigners and three citizens of Ukraine have established a sales channel for amber products to Turkey.
The issue of the seizure of the seized property and the appointment of appropriate gemological examinations is being resolved.
The suspects face up to seven years in prison and confiscation of property. Investigative actions continue.