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Timber smugglers in China caught in Transbaikalia

Timber smugglers in China caught in Transbaikalia
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Customs officers and law enforcement officers of Chita stopped the activity of a criminal group, which exported over 2014 thousand cubic meters of timber to China in 2018-113. Their total value exceeded 800 million rubles.

11 criminal cases have been opened on four suspects and several unidentified persons regarding smuggling of strategically important resources. Now violators face from seven to 12 years with a fine of up to one million rubles.

It turned out that a criminal group illegally procured timber in Transbaikalia and Buryatia, and provided legal documents with false information to legalize their export. According to the press service of the Federal Customs Service, searches were conducted at the company’s office, points of reception and shipment of timber, and according to the method of residence of the members of the criminal group.

The investigators seized documents, stamps, sample signatures, computers and cell phones from the defendants. Law enforcement officers found more than 20 thousand cubic meters of timber of unknown origin at collection and shipment points.