Lat­vian author­i­ties de­tain Ukrainian cit­i­zen for smug­gling weapon parts

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In Novem­ber 2018, Latvia State Rev­enue Ser­vice’s Tax and Cus­toms Po­lice sent a crim­i­nal process to Ludza District Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice for com­mence­ment of crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion in re­gards to il­le­gal car­ry­ing of weapon parts over the Lat­vian bor­der.

This month, cus­toms of­fi­cers at Tere­hova bor­der check­point per­formed an in-depth in­spec­tion of a car driven by a Ukrainian cit­i­zen. The car en­tered Latvia from the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion. It was dur­ing the in­spec­tion of­fi­cers found parts of firearms – seven 7.62 mm Sh­pa­gin sub-ma­chine gun mag­a­zines, nine 5.45 mm RPK ma­chine gun mag­a­zines, ninety seven in­dus­trial-man­u­fac­tured Tokarev pis­tol mag­a­zines and six­teen marine knives, BNN was in­formed by SRS.

A crim­i­nal process was launched im­me­di­ately in ac­cor­dance with Sec­tion 190.1 of the Crim­i­nal Law. The 1954-born Ukrainian cit­i­zen was de­tained and made a sus­pect in the crim­i­nal case. Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, of­fi­cers found that all of the dis­cov­ered ob­jects have strate­gic im­por­tance and re­quire a spe­cial li­cense for dis­tri­bu­tion. The sus­pect had no li­cense on him at the mo­ment of his de­tain­ment.

In ac­cor­dance with the Law on the Han­dling of Weapons and Spe­cial Means, cus­toms of­fi­cers con­fis­cated un­cov­ered items. The sus­pect has been put un­der ar­rest. The crim­i­nal process was sent to Ludza District Pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice for com­mence­ment of crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion on 21 Novem­ber.

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