Customs discovers nearly 5 million contraband cigarettes in freight train

Customs officials with the Estonian Tax and Customs Board (MTA) discovered nearly five million contraband cigarettes on a freight train entering Koidula border crossing point from Russia on Friday.

Shortly after midnight on Dec. 9, a freight train arrived at Koidula border control point in Southeastern Estonia some of whose boxcars caught the attention of Estonian customs officials.

Upon closer inspection, the customs officials discovered vast quantities of contraband cigarettes labeled with Belarusian and Russian tax stamps hidden behind the boxcars' false walls.

According to the MTA, this is one of the largest contraband cigarette busts in recent history.

An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the find.

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