Slovaks stole luxury champagne worth hundreds of thousands euros

The police operation was carried out in cooperation with the Bratislava-based branch of Interpol.

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The National Criminal Agency (NAKA) foiled the business dealings of a fraudulent forwarding company from southern Slovakia after it detained a lorry loaded with thousands of bottles of French champagne near the border with the Czech Republic.

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The overall value of the shipment is estimated at hundreds of thousands of euros. The driver of the lorry was immediately arrested, the private broadcaster TV JOJ reported.

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The operation lasted several hours. Apart from the driver, other members of the organised group from southern Slovakia were also detained.

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The case showed signs of so-called phantom haulage, TV JOJ reported.

It worked in such a way that the Slovak forwarding company received the French order. However, it was not transported to the final destination, but to Slovakia.

Police officers, together with members of the Bratislava-based branch of Interpol followed the lorry and stopped it after it crossed the Slovak border.

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