Customs officers bust scheme for illegal cigarettes sale


2009-12-07
Customs officers in the town of Byala, district of Ruse (North Bulgaria), disclosed an interesting scheme for sale of cigarettes without excise label.
A mobile customs group checked a cigarettes store, offering great variety of tobacco products and disposing of huge reserves. In the frames of the check-up, authorities detected violations under the Excise Duty and Tax Warehouse Act.
Meanwhile, the customs officers noticed an inflow of clients, who were buying cigarettes without entering into the store.
After a check on a car parked close to the store, customs officers found 966 boxes of cigarettes that lacked the required excise label.
The vehicle was owned by the wife of store's owner.
After an interrogation, authorities revealed that the man is buying cigarettes from the town of Dimitrovgrad and the deal is made without any documents. Then, the store owner is selling the cigarettes in Byala at the price of BGN 2 - BGN 2.50, depending on the brand.
The great variety of cigarettes brands offered for illegal sale is impressive - there are both Bulgarian and foreign ones, such as Victory, Eva, LM. Raquel, Romeo & Julieta, and other 15 brands. The unpaid excise duty on the cigarettes is estimated at around BGN 1,500.
The whole amount of cigarettes has been confiscated. Administrative-criminal proceeding will be initiated against the store owner, who will have to pay a sanction that is twice the value of the unpaid excise duty.