Customs officers at Lesovo, Malko Tarnovo checkpoints hamper 4 cigarette smuggling attempts


2011-01-18

Customs officers at Lesovo and Malko Tarnovo checkpoints have hampered 4 cigarette smuggling attempts from Turkey over the last 24 hours.
Some 14,200 pieces (710 boxes) of cigarettes have been confiscated. The cigarettes lacked excise stamps and were of the brands L&M, Muratti, KING, and Karelia. All had a ‘duty free' sign.
Other 9,800 pieces (490 boxes) of cigarettes have been seized at Lesovo checkpoint. The cigarettes were hidden in secret compartments in two cars and in the driver's cabin of a heavy freight TIR truck. The smuggled tobacco products were seized with the assistance of Border Police officers. The three smugglers are Bulgarian nationals.
4,400 more pieces (220 boxes) of illegal cigarettes were found at Malko Tarnovo customs checkpoint in the frames of a thorough check-up. The tobacco products were found in the trunk of a tourist's bus entering the territory of the country. The offender is a Bulgarian national.
Since the beginning of the month customs officers at Lesovo and Malko Tarnovo checkpoints have hampered 11 cigarette smuggling attempts and have confiscated 37,640 pieces (1,882 boxes) of cigarettes without excise stamp.