Daggers seized at border with Russia

Latvia's border customs officers have become quite accomplished at catching illegal consignments of cigarettes and other contraband coming into the European Union from Russia, but on April 3 they found something else: 28 military daggers hidden in the cab of a truck.

The weapons were hidden in a front panel, beneath a refrigerator and a tool box at the busy Terehova Customs Control Point and were described as being 'commonly used as part of military equipment" in an account of the catch by the State Revenue Service (VID).

The driver is being charged with smuggling. 

It has been a busy start to the month for customs inspectors, who have also uncovered hundreds of thousands of cigarettes being smuggled into the country on freight trains from Belarus and hidden under the floors of cars from Russia and Belarus, VID said.

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