Criminal case on attempted sale of batch of unmarked cigarettes was investigated in Kuzbass

An investigator of the MIA of Russia Administration for Novokuznetsk completed an investigation into a criminal case against a 52-year-old local resident, director of a limited liability company. He was charged with committing a crime under paragraph “b” of part 6 of Article 171.1 of the Russian Criminal Code “Production, acquisition, storage, transportation or sale of goods and products without marking and (or) applied information provided for by the legislation of the Russian Federation”.

In February of this year, officers of the Division for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption of the MIA of Russia Administration for Novokuznetsk detained the director of a local organization suspected of illegal sale of unmarked tobacco products. In a warehouse rented by him, as well as in a garage, the police seized a large batch of cigarettes of various brands, without excise stamps on the packaging. Samples of the seized cigarettes were sent to the Forensic Center of Research of the MIA of Russia GA for the Kemerovo Region. Criminal proceeding were instituted against the man who had organized the sale of unmarked products.

The investigation established that the defendant had found on the Internet an advertisement for the sale of cigarettes at reduced prices and ordered a large batch. In total, during the investigation, about 100,000 packs of unmarked tobacco products were seized, the total value of which, according to the expert, exceeded 3.2 million rubles.

The investigation collected a sufficient evidence base. The criminal case was sent to court for consideration. Sanctions of the incriminated article provide for up to 6 years in prison with a fine of up to one million rubles or in the amount of the wage or other income of the convicted person for a period of up to five years or without it.

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