In Kaliningrad, the traffic violator found 20 kilograms of amber

© RIA Novosti / Igor Taraborrelli in fotomonster. Archival photoIn Kaliningrad, the traffic violator found 20 kilograms of amber© RIA Novosti / Igor Taraborrelli the image Bank

Inspectors of traffic police found in the vehicle stopped about 20 kilograms of raw amber and diving equipment from a resident of Kaliningrad, has informed a press-service UMVD across the Kaliningrad region.

It is reported that Inspectors of traffic police for infringement of rules of traffic stopped on the street Chernyakhovsky regional center SUV. Noting that the 24-year-old driver is nervous, they decided in the presence of witnesses to inspect the car.

«In the trunk, the inspectors found five plastic bags in which turned out to be amber raw different factions weighing about 20 kilograms and diving equipment», — stated in the message.

It is noted that documents confirming the legality of the origin of amber, the driver could not provide, so the place caused it is investigative-task force of the police Department, is checked. The issue of bringing the owner to administrative penalties for unauthorized extraction of amber.

In December, 2017 to the code of administrative offences of the Russian Federation has made changes on increase in fines for black diggers amber. For different categories of offenders the amount of pecuniary penalty increased from 15 to 100 times. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin approved the legislative initiative of the authorities of the Kaliningrad region to toughen penalties for illegal extraction of mineral.

Under the amendments, for individuals, a fine set in the amount of 200 to 500 thousand rubles that he had previously ranged from three to five thousand rubles, for officials it has grown from 30-50 thousand to 500-800 thousand rubles, for legal entities — from 10 to 60 million rubles instead of one million.

Expanded the list of offences that fall under the punishment: now an administrative offence is not only the unauthorized extraction and sale of illegally extracted amber, but its transportation or storage for sale in natural or processed form. The tightening has not affected those who produced the amber in the sea.