Polish border marker

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For many inhabitants of the Polish and Ukrainian borderland, the border crossing point is the core or only source of income. Day to day, both Poles and Ukrainians queue long hours to bring oil, alcohol, and cigarettes to the EU territory. Due to the price discrepancies, the cigarettes are usually sold to crime organizations who disseminate the items throughout the whole community. Everyday custom officers confiscate thousands of cigarette packages and other goods hidden in cars.

Ukranian driver waits to enter Poland

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Ukranian couple caught with illegal cigarettes hand over the contraband to Polish border guards

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Polish border police search for illegal contraband coming from Ukraine

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Ukranians queue to enter Poland

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View of border from Polish main road

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Cars queue to enter Poland

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Polish border guards find illegal cigarettes hidden in car

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Polish security guards randomly search vehicles on Polish border

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Ukranians queue to cross Polish border

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A single day of confiscated contraband which will later be destroyed

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