About 20 tons of jade on 50 million rubles seized in the Altai territory

About 20 tons of jade on 50 million rubles seized in the Altai territory

About 20 tons of green and white jade worth more than 50 million rubles seized in the Altai territory in October and November, 2019, during the restraint of the two attempts of moving natural stone, through the state border of Russia in the interests of the citizens of China.

The operation on revealing and suppression of smuggling channels of export of strategically important resource held Sibirskaya operativnaya tamozhnya together with Guebipk of the MIA of Russia with the participation of Altai, the Irkutsk and Buryat customs, and with the help of PU of the FSB of Russia for the Altai territory and GU MVD of Russia in the Irkutsk region.

Mineral export of trucks to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the attackers planned to carry out through the checkpoint “Veseloyarsk”, Rubtsovsk district of the Altai territory. While border control had to be provided fraudulent shipping documents.

In preparations operatives received information about the illegal production of jade in the Republic of Buryatia and its accumulation on the territory of Irkutsk region for subsequent removal. In particular, it has been an established fact of absence of documents confirming the legal origin of jade and lawful possession.

The vehicles with the transported natural mineral detained. Continue the verification activities aimed at establishing all the circumstances of the contraband and persons involved in illegal activities.

Altai customs office has opened a criminal case under article 226.1 of the criminal code – illegal movement across the state border of the Russian Federation is strategically important goods and resources in large scale. Guilty threatens till seven years of imprisonment.