On Thursday, January 29, the Tax and Customs Board (MTA) destroyed 9.6 million contraband cigarettes, which it had intercepted last year close to the Latvian border. A truck driver has been imprisoned in connection with the incident.
The MTA discovered the haul in a truck trailer in the middle of summer, in Tõrva municipality, Valga County.
The state would have lost nearly €1.4 million in excise duties on the illicit cigarettes, had they found their way into circulation.
A court found the truck driver culpable, and he was sentenced to three years' imprisonment with a five-year probation period, BNS reports.
Editor: Roberta Vaino