Illegal mining on an industrial scale was blocked by the security Service of Ukraine in Odessa region.

“Operatives of the intelligence service established that in 2016, the private commercial structure under the guise of exploration of the territory began illegal production of sand in Belyaev district of the region. Two years later, the firm has legitimized the selection of minerals. Because at that time the deposits in the legal field dried up, the attackers illegally invade a neighbouring quarry. The sand was shipped road repair enterprises of the region”, – reports a press-the SB center of Ukraine on Wednesday.

According to experts, the preliminary amount applied state damages from the illegal exploitation of the subsoil is more than 50 million UAH.

Now law enforcement officers check seized at the firm permits. Heavy equipment involved in mining, the arrest. Are the searches in places of residence and work defendants in the case.

In the framework of criminal proceedings initiated under part 1 of article 240 (violation of rules of subsoil protection) of the Criminal code of Ukraine are continuing investigations to establish all the persons involved in illegal mining.