Investigation started after large amount of contraband cigarettes and liquor found on Navy vessel ({{commentsTotal}})

The minehunter EML Sakala of the Estonian Navy Source: Courtesy Eesti Merevägi

The Tax and Customs Board has opened an investigation into contraband cigarettes and liquor found on the minehunter Sakala to find out who the illegal goods belong to, and whether they are dealing with a misdemeanor or a crime.

A spokesman for the North district prosecutor’s office told BNS on Friday that an investigation had been opened after contraband cigarettes and liquor were found on the minehunter Sakala. Officers followed a tip and found 56 cases of contraband cigarettes, and around 1,000 liters of strong liquor.

The discovered amount exceeds the maximum limit of a misdemeanor five-fold.

"Since there were more than 30 people on the Sakala at the time of the check, it is being investigated who the liquor and cigarettes belong to,” the spokesman told BNS. He added that the main goal of the investigation was to identify whether a crew member owned contraband liquor and cigarettes in an amount that would make the matter a crime.

Officials have not revealed the country the illegal cigarettes came from. The Tax and Customs Board was notified about the case by the Navy. No people have been detained yet.

The Estonian minehunter Sakala is part of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1).

Editor: Editor: Dario Cavegn

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