Bulgaria Police Bust Cigarette Smugglers on Serbia BorderCrime | January 8, 2010, Friday // 11:27| views
A Bulgarian citizen was arrested after it was discovered that he had hidden 150 packets in his spare tyre. Photo by Bulgaria Customs Agency
Two attempts to smuggle cigarettes across the Serbia-Bulgaria border were discovered by customs officers at the Kalotina border checkpoint on Thursday.
The busts come after Bulgaria introduced new increased duties on January 1 on the price of a pack of cigarettes of anywhere between BGN 1,10 and 1,40 making the price of the best-selling “Victory” brand BGN 5 instead of the current BGN 3,40.
A Bulgarian citizen was arrested after it was discovered that he had hidden 150 packets in his spare tyre. Customs officials became suspicious after an x-ray found strange shadows inside the tyre of the Mercedes.
Several hours earlier, again at Kalotina, a Serbian citizen was detained after 410 packets of cigarettes were hidden in the spare wheel and two rear tyres of his car.
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