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The task force of MIA seized in the Rivno region more than 2.5 tonnes of illegally mined amber (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
04.08.2015 | 23:16

The consignment of "solar stone" has already been packaged to be sent abroad.  The estimated cost of the seized amber is about three million US dollars. This was announced by the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov.

He informed that tonight the police task force seized in Rivno region a record batch of amber weighing more than 2.5 tons. By a preliminary estimate, the cost of this consignment is about three million dollars.

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Basing on intelligence information from the regional Office on combating economic crimes, the Investigation division of the Rivno regional Police Department on August 3, 2015, initiated criminal proceedings under Art. 198, Pt. 1 (Purchase or sale of property, obtained by crime) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. As part of this proceedings investigative (search) activities were carried out by the local law enforcers.

These activities resulted in detecting the car of a local resident, which was used to transport illegally mined raw amber. On the same day by order of the investigating judge policemen from the Office on combating economic crimes searched this vehicle. As a result of the search was found raw amber weighting more than 2500 kg, packed in white bags.  The estimated minimum cost of the seized amber is more than three million US dollars. The expert examination of seized amber is ordered.

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"More precisely the weight, composition (the size of amber pieces) and cost of this consignment of amber, already prepared for smuggling, will be determined by experts in Kiev where it is going now under armed guard" – Arsen Avakov reported.

He stressed that today's seizure of amber is the result of a great work of the MIA and the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine to expose and to suppress activity of the largest criminal group operating in the Rivno region and profiting on illegal mining of amber. Later in the course of the investigation will be announced the names of the people directly involved in this illicit business.  Among them ­– former MPs, officials and law enforcement officers.

"The withdrawn amber will be inventoried and presented publicly in the coming hours in Kiev, so that nothing will "happen" to it.  It will be converted into the coffers of the state "- said Arsen Avakov.

The head of MIA also reminded that he had said earlier about the need to pass a law that would define the state control over the production and marketing of amber.

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