Lithuanian customs are stepping up the control on the border with Latvia in response to the growing flows of cigarette smuggling.

"Illegal cigarettes are increasingly often brought to Lithuania from Latvia and then proceed to Poland and Western European countries," the Customs Department said in a press release.

The department pledged to focus "criminal surveillance and customs mobile teams" in the Latvian direction.

Among all unlawful cigarettes with Belarusian excise-duty labels or without them detained in Lithuania this year, 85 percent came from Latvia, up from merely 7 percent last year.

According to the press release, this may have to do with operation of underground tobacco factories in Latvia.

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