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