From: Kyiv Post
Employees of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have detained two residents of Zakarpattia region in Crimea that are suspected of being involved in the construction and work of an underground tunnel across the Ukrainian-Slovak border, which was used for cigarette smuggling.
The press service of the SBU recalled on Thursday that the tunnel was discovered on July 18.
On July 20, 2012 the investigatory department of the SBU department in Zakarpattia region opened a criminal case on the organization of illicit crossing of the state border of Ukraine and illegal buying, storing and transportation of illegally produced tobacco products for sale under Part 2 of Article 332 and Part 1 of Article 204 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Investigators found proofs that two local residents born in 1967 and 1975 were involved in the case and were hiding from the investigation.
On the basis of the materials, the men were put on a wanted list and charged under Part 2 of Article 28 (commission of crime by a group of people in preliminary agreement), Part 1 of Article 204 (illegal production, storing, sales and transportation for sales of excisable goods), Part 2 of Article 305 (smuggling of drugs, psychotropic substances, their analogues and precursors), and Part 2 of Article 332 (illicit crossing of state border) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On August 21, 2012 the suspects were detained at a leased house in Yevpatoria (Crimea).
The investigation into the case is underway.
As reported, on July 18, 2012 the Slovak law enforcement agencies found a tunnel used for smuggling on the Slovak-Ukrainian border.