Bulgarian Customs Officers Seize Commercial Quantities of Contraband Cigarettes

Crime | August 2, 2012, Thursday // 10:44|  views

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Customs officers at the Lesovo border crossing point on the Bulgarian-Turkish border have intercepted an attempt to smuggle commercial quantities of cigarettes and tobacco.

Bulgarian customs inspectors seized a total of 1712 packs of cigarettes without excise stamps and 42 kilograms of loose tobacco during inspections carried out in the past few days, according to a media statement of the Customs Agency.

The contraband cigarettes and tobacco were hidden in hand luggage and in different parts of 13 vehicles.

All 13 vehicles had Bulgarian registration plates.

13 penalty statements for violations of the Bulgarian Customs Act were issued to 9 men and 4 women, all of them Bulgarian nationals.

The offenders had claimed were travelling to Turkey and back on holiday.

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Tags: contraband cigarettes, Customs Agency, Lesovo Border Crossing Point, Bulgarian-Turkish border, tobacco, smuggling


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