First Deputy Main Military Prosecutor Serhii Dolhopolov told Censor.NET.
The law enforcers found that a crime ring consisting of officials of the Zakarpattia region's State Land Management Agency and members of the agency branch in Berehove village misappropriated land plots located along the state border through abuse of office in 2015-2016. Over 140 hectares of land were thus transferred to private ownership.
The special operation is carried out by the Military Prosecutor's Office of the Western Region, the Military Counterintelligence Service of the SBU, the Internal Security Directorate of the National Police and the special operation forces of the State Border Guard Service with more than 70 vehicles involved.
Dolhopolov said that the probe was launched against the crime ring that unlawfully obtained ownership of land plots adjacent to the state border and organized illegal drug trafficking through this section of the border.