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    VLADIVOSTOK, July 19 (RIA Novosti) - Eleven Russian customs officials, serving at a customs terminal in the Primorye Territory (the Russian Far East), have been charged with smuggling pork meat from China, a local police official said.

    The spokesman said the deputy head of the customs terminal was among those charged.

    According to the local prosecutor's office, the accused smuggled over 3,000 metric tons of pork meat under the guise of subcutaneous fat through the railway customs terminal from 2003-2005, costing the state $1.3 million in lost revenue.

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